.Bishwa Nath Singh
The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi is as good as today as it was in the past.Let us examine it crtically and emulate it in our life to make it successful!
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
The Gandhian concept of the charkha was a symbol of self-entrepreneurship, which alone can help the nation protect its bio-diversity and provide sustenance to the poorest of the poor How sad is that when everything is creating disillusionme...nt, people are being drawn to violence. Only Gandhi an thoughts can equip the present and the future generations to deal with it without committing violence on them. Mahatma Gandhi had popularized the charkha (spinning wheel) because the British colonial rule was wiping out the textile production of India.. Today's colonization is around patenting of life, genetic manipulation of food, monopolies over water, seeds, plants and animals. In this context the 'seed' becomes the charkha. Gandhi has been an important role model for most of us. It was my environmental concerns that made me search for viable thoughts, philosophies and actions. I found inspiration nowhere else!Gandhi's diet was based on a principle that is good for the soil, the producer and the consumer. What is called the economics of abundance is economics of scarcity. The Green Revolution was supposed to create abundance Gandhi encouraged self-entrepreneurship. This generates better income, because of diversity of crops.If we examine critically then we will find that Gandhi’s life before the Satyagraha movement in South Africa was ordinary. He was a barrister, married and enjoyed life.Yet, the life he led after this milestone was characterized by extraordinary insight, determination and courage. Gandhi's ideas about human relations, particularly conflict, are difficult to grasp because they ask the individual to subsume some of his/her most basic reactions to confrontation such as revenge, retaliation and punishment, which, arguably, are attempts to affirm the rightness of his/her position to a higher Truth, which is associated with Love. At the same time, Gandhi affirms the power of individual will, arguing that it is capable of withstanding and even challenging the strongest adversity. The key to satyagraha is the practice of non-violence. Gandhian non-violence is not passive or weak; rather, it is characterized by determination, courage and hardiness of will. The concept of non-violence is coupled with self-suffering, a concept that is probably alien to most of us. Self-suffering, based on choice, provides an alternative to violence and is ultimately an expression of the strength of one's will. In the salt satyagraha, multitudes of people practiced Gandhian non-violence in response to conflict. In this campaign, Gandhi and his fellow participants challenged the injustice of the government, a government that withheld a necessity of Indian life. Gandhi emphasized that it was no usurping of the functions of Government," and "the establishment of a parallel Government. The objectives of the Salt Satyagraha, a national movement which took place from March 1930 to March 1931, were to remove the Salt Acts and to protest against the British government with the hopes of achieving independence The Salt Acts were the basis by which the government monopolized salt. The taxation of salt, a necessity, was a "hardship on the people, especially the poor" The Salt Acts represented "an unpopular, unrepresentative, and alien government" The long-range aim of the Salt Satyagraha was to achieve independence. Gandhi marched for a month, covering 240 miles. About 78 males, representing most provinces, marched with Gandhi. The area chosen for the salt march was favorable; not only did it produce a large amount of salt, it was reminiscent of past campaigns. Gandhi and his fellow participants lived a spartan life during the march, educating villagers on the salt tax as well as discussing village issues such as untouchability Gandhi drew large crowds, sometimes numbering over ten thousand. Muslims and women, who had participated,. Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent individual can be described using the two concepts that are most important in his philosophy: ahimsa and satyagraha. Ahimsa, of course is the principle of non-violence. Mahatma Gandhi believes that the love of God or the Supreme Being must necessarily manifest in all of our actions. This means that we should practice non-violence. In Mahatma Gandhi's spiritual point of view, we have struggles that we need to fight internally. These are desires, fear, worry, and anxieties. But these fights should only occur inside; we should never involve ourselves with other beings. Thus, Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent individual must never cause harm to others. This person must not kill any living thing or harm it in any way. If we do harm other living things, we will reap the negative karma that comes with it. But this principle of non-violence does no stay in the realm of religion. Gandhi also argued that this principle can be applied to politics as well through non-violent satyagrahas. Satyagrahais a practice that Mahatma Gandhii developed in order for us to apply the principle of non-violence even in resistance. This principle is useful in politics and society especially when we are being oppressed or mistreated. We cannot just let ourselves be hurt and oppressed because of the principle of non-violence. If we do, people will definitely take advantage of us. Gandhi's Satyagraha has influenced a lot of people in history such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King in their fight for freedom, equality and social justice. Satyagraha is the eagerness to follow the truth principles and following non-violence at the same time. Some people seek the truth through Satyagraha by fasting for days until the truth is revealed. Workers go on strike in the name of Satyagraha when they have complaints with the management. But this is already deviating to the real meaning of Stayagraha spiritually – which is finding the truth through the will of God or the Supreme Being.
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Anil Kumar :
Thank you sir.