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
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 ||
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