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All India Radio: Spotlight-News Analysis – Relevance of Gandhiji’s Teachings in Today’s India

Gandhi’s central message was not for academics or intellectuals. His lifetime message is explained by his saying “My life is my message” which meant living the life he did and that have to followed, not copied.
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December 24, 2019

Contents

  • How do we understand the Gandhi today?
  • Preacher needs to first adopt Gandhi’s principle
  • Self- Regulated Liberty
  • Conclusion

Relevance of Gandhiji’s Teachings in Today’s India

How do we understand the Mahatma Gandhi today?

  • After the death of Gandhi, the Indian system (tantra) was changed. However, the basic elements (tatva) behind the system did not changed.

mahatma-gandhi Relevance of Gandhiji’s Teachings in Today’s India

  • Gandhi’s fundamental contributions to humanity in that sense have been drawing the attention towards some of the basic elements with which the human species/society should be living, growing and progressing.
  • Gandhi had established constructive programs in his time. The system may not have been relevant or need to be renewed but the basic elements that were propounded by him is still relevant today.
  • He said ‘Humanity should not be giving up the quest for truth with non-violence’. He said ‘The Non- Violence is the essence which is the love force and the soul- force. In the current changed system, the nature of the problems remains the same. Therefore, the basic elements have to remembered’.

Preacher needs to first adopt Gandhi’s principle

  • Gandhi’s central message was not for academics or intellectuals. His lifetime message is explained by his saying “My life is my message” which meant living the life the way he lived. He asked people to have their own quest and take him as an example.
  • During Gandhi’s time and after that, those who have seen him, imbibed his principles and passed his principles to the current world. It was not written in books or taught by someone.
  • Today’s crisis lies in the fact that we are unable to follow that. The person who has not lived like him and only preach about his ideologies, to younger generations, will not work.
  • If we really have to take something from Gandhi’s’ life than Gandhi has to be forgotten and Mohan has to brought in. Mohan’s life and his experiences should be shared with the next generations which will explain what evoked Gandhi to learn continuous and evolved. The story of Mohan’s evolution is something we need to be shared with the youth.
  • While telling the Gandhi’s central thought to the next generation, the story listeners must see that the story also gets reflected in the life and behaviour of the storyteller.

Self- Regulated Liberty

  • Gandhi’s most loyal followers including Sardar Patel and Nehru, initially, did not believe him because Gandhi was so original that it is very difficult for people to accept that something can be this original, bright and well tested. Once a person is willing to make a room for his teachings and way of life, one understands what is possible.
  • Gandhi as well as Rabindranath Tagore were not trying to understand the problems specifically but were working in their own way, suggesting the required measures.
  • Gandhi was talking about a regulated individual freedom and liberty which should be attained as living beings. The liberty he defined was ‘Liberty of Swaraj” which was self-regulated and self- controlled.
  • Rabindranath Tagore was trying to tell that a person’s responsibility comes in the creative part of the self which has one with nature. Therefore, in order to be one with nature, the nature’s sanctity have to be respected and appreciated. Hence, both wants to come in a harmony with nature.

Conclusion

Gandhi ji is always being remembered for his saying that ‘Do always what you say”.  The western principles have not been able to deal with the subject of question of licenses liberty verses self-regulated struggle for freedom. Swaraj is what we have lost today, not the swaraj of independence period but the ‘control over ourselves’. Today’s major crisis is crisis of character which has to resolved and only Gandhi’s way of life can resolve that.

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