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MAHATMA GANDHI’S MANTRA

When you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you,
apply the following test:--

Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man

whom you may have seen, and ask yourself,

If the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him?


Will he gain anything by it ?

Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny ?

In other words, will it lead to ‘Swaraj’ for the hungry
and spiritually starving millions ?

Then you will find your doubt and your ‘self’ melting away.


Gandhi as Leader of People

12 September 2009

GANDHI AS LEADER OF PEOPLE


“If I have the belief that I can do it,
I will surely acquire the capacity to do it;
even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
…… Mahatma Gandhi.


Gandhi had demonstrated that a powerful human following can be assembled…
through the cogent example of a morally superior conduct of life.
…… Albert Einstein.




Gandhi was a leader of his people, unsupported by any authority; a politician whose success rested not upon craft or guile, but simply upon the moral grandeur of his soul; a fighter who pushed back the mightiest empire on the earth without the use of force; a spirit of profound wisdom and captivating humility, armed with only an iron will and inflexible resolve and a frail man who confronted the brutality of military strength with the dignity of a simple human being. Friv 2 

Gandhi held the view that the life of a good citizen was the life of karma - action in the service of the country. “my writhing should be cremated with my body”, he said, “What I have done will endure not what I have said or written.”

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Gandhian Concept of Swaraj

11 September 2009

GANDHIAN CONCEPT OF SWARAJ

During the period when Gandhi’s freedom movement acquired its mass base, he again and again defined and explained the concept of Swaraj as the goal of freedom struggle, in terms of political, economic, social and moral rights of the downtrodden and exploited Indian masses. While still in South Africa, in 1909 itself he had expressed his basic idea of Swarj in his very first Book, ‘Hind Swaraj’ or Indian Home Rule. Following are the some of the thoughts expressed in the book, which define his concept of Swaraj:

  • A country is one Nation only when such a condition obtains in it. That country must have faculty for assimilation, India has ever been such a country.
  • Civilization is that mode of conduct which points out to man the path of duty. Performance of duty and observance of morality are convertible terms.
  • It is Swaraj when we learn to rule ourselves ….But such Swaraj has to be experienced by each one for himself.
  • I believe that you want the millions of India to be happy not that you want the reins of Government….. We have to consider only on thing: How can the millions obtain self rule ?
  • By patriotism I mean the welfare of the whole people.
  • …… there is just the same inviolable connection between the means and the ends as there is between the seed and the tree.
  • But the real rights are the result of performance of duty :-
  • It would be folly to assume that an Indian Rockefeller would be better than American Rockefeller.
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Rural Development

11 August 2009

GANDHI AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Gandhi’s idea to develop the Indian society was based on his understanding of the society and hence based on the village system. Talking about the importance of village, he wrote in 1936, “I would say if the village perishes, India will perish too. It will be no more India. His one mission in the world will get lost.” Harijan. 29.08.36.

He was aware of the realities of the village life and knew the plight of half starved masses of India. He often acknowledged the same in his vivid descriptions of Indian villages. He wrote, “instead of having graceful hamlets dotting the lands, we have dung-heaps. The approach to many villages is not a refreshing experience. Often one would like to shut one’s eyes and stuff one’s nose, such is the surrounding dirt and offending smell”. (Gandhi: Constructive programmes – its meaning and place). His understanding of the plight of the people has been extremely well brought out in his writings, identifying his emphasis on removal of poverty over aesthetics. 
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Concept of Rural Reconstruction : 

His concept of rural reconstruction is a comprehensive one, emphasizing on the
economic, political, social, educational, ecological and spiritual dimensions. He ceaselessly insisted on a pattern of village life, which will be man-centered and non-exploiting. The decentralized village economy should provide full employment to all on the basis of voluntary cooperation and work for achieving self-sufficiency in it’s basic requirement of food, clothing and shelter. In short, it can be said that rural reconstruction, according to Gandhi should not be merely concerned with raising the standard of living of village folk, though that was important. Talking specifically about an ideal village, where in he outlined the objectives of rural reconstruction: - he said,

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Gandhian Philosophy

30 January 2009

GANDHIAN PHILOSOPHY

A unique person or perhaps the greatest figure of the last ninteen hundred years as characteristically assessed by Louis Fisture, Mahatma Gandhi always insisted on Truth and Non-violence as the inseparable part of humanism.


I have nothing to teach this world,
"Truth and Non-violence as old as hills"
With present phase of globalization, which cannot be stopped, the third world need to look into the evil effects of globalization. We cannot allow our fellow citizens to starve, to lose their employment and to become destitute. It is Gandhi’s Charakha, that can save us from this predicament.
G – Generosity
A – Affection
N- Nonviolence
D- Dedication
H- Honesty
I- Integration


He said “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by ingenuity of man." 

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