Gandhiji’s death anniversary came and went with a quick awareness about Gandhi, here, there and everywhere! Numerous posts of ‘Remembering Gandhi’ were bombarded on social media and there must have been numerous ‘likes’ and ‘forwards’...

But I have a question – do we really remember and respect Gandhi? The honest answer perhaps will be NO! Because, the whole world today is talking the language of ‘an eye for an eye’ and Gandhian thoughts hardly have a place in this mad rush of ‘might is right’... After he was physically killed on 30th January 1948, his thoughts, philosophies and preachings are being killed, day in and day out... We worship his photo on currency notes, rather than anywhere else... So sad, but true!

That’s why, a deep introspection is needed for searching his values and ethos in the interest of humanity... Because, in the newly emerged geo-political and socioeconomic scenario, Gandhian approach of ‘swavlamban’ (self-sufficiency), ‘ahimsa’ (non-violence) or ‘sarvodaya’ (progress of all) seem to have no place... We are now in an era where ethics, concerns, family ties, inter-personal relations, cultural ethos and religion beliefs are fast getting replaced by a new set of self-centered attitudes and lifestyles... Now, everything is being measured in terms of per capita income or GNP, GDP, PPP, BPL and many such nuances! It seems, the managers of human destiny are in the driving seat of a vehicle without breaks... That’s why I had posted a mail with a realistic title – ‘Searching Gandhi’ on this Gandhi Nirvan Divas, as a true confession...

As an obvious outcome of such a pathetic scenerio, the young generation is frustrated with murky politics, decaying education system, unemployment, corruption, social unrest, violence, inequality and so on. All these factors are sufficient to lead them to crime, violence and unethical practices. It’s a bitter truth that our young generation is fighting inner battle of virtues v/s vices and in a process, our youth is disgusted, frustrated and exhausted. As a result, we are fast losing the ‘agents of change’...

But it seems, all is not lost – there is a ray of hope amidst volatile and violent milieu and that is Gandhism... It is satisfying that it is alive and flourishing globally and today, there will be hardly any country in the world, where Gandhism is not practiced... It’s a matter of great pride for all of us that Gandhi’s philosophy is being looked
at as a potential tool for transformation, leading to a global awakening... Thinkers, planners, freedom fighters, nationalists, human rights activists, environmentalists, feminists and many more are appreciating and accepting relevance of Gandhi’s thoughts and actions in the larger interest of humanity... Now, there is not much of resistance against the ethos of Gandhi, as an idealistic or academic exercise!

So, it’s show time, folks... Let’s try to ‘bring the change by being the change’... We need to search within and carry the thoughts of Gandhi in head, heart and action for a better world... If we don’t act and continue with what is going on, the two words left with the world will be – || हे राम ||

KAMAL KHOKHANI
Publisher - INSITE