Relevance of Gandhian Principles in Today's Time
- Gandhian principles; non-violence, self sufficiency, communal harmony, simple living and truth.
- Relevance of Gandhian principles in today's world.
- Relevance of these principles to tackle present day problems such as poverty, illiteracy, unemployment etc.
- Gandhian principles helps in to reshape the lost morality, regain humanity etc.
Gandhiji preached 'truth' or `satya' which made us not to withstand a lie. He preached `Satyagrah' and in fact rallied a desperate mass of people with him all over the country. This helped the British empire to think about leaving India. This methodology appealed to the conscience of mankind and was based on the assumption that peaceful protests are a very powerful tool.
If the question is asked whether Gandhian principles are relevant even today? The answer is yes, to some extent they are relevant and are followed not only in India but also by many leaders all over the world. In Indian context, principle of Satyagrah still holds good. Example is Jessica Lal's case. Through peaceful protest in the form of candle march almost all over the country justice was delivered. Even India's foreign policy is based on peaceful co-existence and it is reflected in not indulging in aggression first though India remains prepared as the security threats accumulate.
We must remember that Gandhiji was a strategist, a genius and he moulded his movement according to the situation. He could visualise the mood of the nation and strategically took each step in a well defined way. So our politicians can learn a lot about strategisation from Gandhiji.
So, there is need to understand that same set of principles are very much relevant. Just that they have to be moulded according to the present times and its requirements.
Gandhiji's views about sanitation or decentralisation of power or women empowerment or need for basic education for all, every views holds good and is followed presently. Make in India is nothing but self-sufficiency as emphasised by Gandhiji. Individuality and economic independence were two things very close to Gandhiji's heart. Present trends indicate the best times when both these are at their prime.
Women empowerment was one of Gandhiji's main goals. Today Indian women are forerunners in about every field. Today Indian women have international presence whether it is space or sports. Gandhiji's dream of creating a global India, a country which encompasses technical and intellectual advancements and maintain its identity is blooming true day by day. Today be it IT, medicine or research, India is upgrading its skill to remain in limelight. Indian brains are sought after everywhere.
Gandhiji forever believed that there is no better teacher than life itself He maintained that no child can be forced to study but should find the inclination to do so, education today is based on these ideas only. Environmental consciousness, moral values, intra-personal skills, community and society oriented awareness are all inculcated in young minds through education.
Even outside India, Gandhian principles hold relevance and are followed by eminent leaders. The phenomenal success, Gandhiji registered in far away South-Africa fighting for human rights and civil liberties has great significance and later his teachings were adopted by Nelson Mandela, the great South African freedom fighter. Dr Martin Luther King was very much inspired by Gandhian principles.
There is great resonance of the historic salt march at Dandi with the courageous Montgomery Bus Boycott against racial segregation in United States. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese leader learnt from Gandhiji that for a doctrine of peace and reconciliation to be translated into practice, one absolute condition needed is fearlessness. Aung San followed this and it was the secret of her success amid all the darkness and loneliness against a brutal and hostile regime. Even present US President Barack Obama sees Mahatma Gandhi as an inspiration.
Gandhiji is alive and active in the modern world, his teaching followed by social and religious leaders, American human rights activist or Palestinian leader, Mubarak Awad who believes in non-violence. Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist leader lays emphasis on Gandhian principles when he says, "I think we may fail in our attempt to do things, yet we may succeed in correct action when the action is authentically non-violent, based on understanding, based on love.
Gandhian ways and his ideals seem to be the only solution to overcome the present ever growing problem of terrorism which is leading the world to a doomsday.
Gandhiji was leader of the past runs into the present and marches towards the future. He had always been a leader of the time ahead. No leader either today nor in future can match him with the charisma and calibre and wisdom that he had.
Difficult Words with Meanings :
- Stirred to be active
- Ignited to give energy to (something or someone)
- Endorsed to support or approve
- Desperate feeling or showing despair
- Accumulate to increase gradually in amount as time passes
- Segregation the policy of keeping people of different races, religions etc separate from each other
- Doomsday the day the world ends or is destroyed
- Charisma a special magnetic charm or appeal
shared by Nisheeta Mirchandani
Relevance of Gandhian values in the 21st century
Let us first consider what really are values. These are, the general norms we set for ourselves to live our routine lives in the family, in society, in office and in the nation. In all these aspects of life, we all need some guidelines, and it is these guidelines that we set for ourselves that are called values. When we thus talk of values, we mean what are the basic standards of behaviour we have set for our lives, for, without a clear cut pathway it would be difficult to tread.
We are presently here to discuss Gandhian values, and their relevance in the 21st Century. At this juncture, I’d like to say that, there are some values of behaviour that can never become irrelevant, no matter what the scenario, and no matter what the Century. Let us find out what are the basic values which we call as Gandhian. What were these values, which were relevant in the beginning of the 20th Century, and have lost their hue in the 21st century. These values were, simplicity, merging with the common man, non-violence and prayer. As far as these values are concerned not even the hardest of criminals will call any of them bad or irrelevant but, the moot point is that, can we follow these values in today’s scenario? However there should not be any problem in following at least some of these values if not all of them. Now, let us take each of these above mentioned values and try to study their utility in the present century.
Simplicity, well, I daresay that, it is not possible to find a single person who is simple in dress, in manners and behaviour. This is not because we cannot remain in the society if we are simple in thought and deep but, it is that we ourselves do not wish to be simple. This attitude is because we are aping the west in all its entirety. It is not that simple people are not seen or that they are not liked or are shunned by society but, the fact is that they do not become centres of attraction, and, today, we prefer to be centres of attraction rather than be our true selves. This means that we are not simple because we do not want to, and not that it is not possible to exist if we are simple. If we have left the beauty of simplicity because we want to, we cannot say that the value is not relevant, but that we do not cherish the value. However friends, if we want to be centres of attraction, where could we find a greater centre than the Gandhi, the 20th century produced. Wouldn’t we all like to be as attractive as him, would we not like to get his name and fame? All this he managed to get inspite of his extreme simplicity. So, how can we say that this value is not necessary now. Even in later times we have had simple people getting name and fame, people like Vinobha Bhave, Mother Teresa and then, Baba Amte. This goes to prove that centres of attraction are made by other qualities which do not get stopped because people are simple. Thus we can hardly underestimate the value of simplicity. It is this, which may be, gives and individual more time to work on things more substantial, and prove his worth. We can not say that simplicity is not of use now, as there are no simple people, here. I would say that, in a crowd of made up beauties, a simple person would be an oasis in the desert of show and show biz., Once a person is simple he has no qualms in mixing with the lowest of the low and this makes him really well known and popular. Just see the simple Mother Teresa what laurels she got throughout the world, how can we then say that the value of simplicity is redundant now. It is this value of being simple in head and heart, that will always have its monumental importance, no matter what the century.
Regarding the value of non-violence, I daresay that, even to-day, if all of us, yes, all of us decide to become non-violent because others are violent. Let us ponder for a moment, are we succeeding in returning violence for violence? The net result is an increase in violence the next thing we must analyse is, are we achieving any worthy ends by being violent? I’m sure all of you will agree that, violence only begets violence and it ends there, bearing no fruit at all. Then it is for us to understand that violence is only an experiment in futility, resulting only in death and disaster. We should try to find out ways and means to stop the existing vilolence instead of, joining the bandwagon of violent people saying that, we have to be so because others are violent, this is no practical approach to the problem of violence. I an sure that, even to day if we all decide to remain non-violent, we will all be happier and we will understand that these values of Gandhiji are not for any one period of away their utility. Such sterling qualities will always be relevant but with a rejoinder that, all of us follow them just as meticulously as we are following the present qualities of degradation.