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Gandhian Principles in Today’s World

Gandhian Principles | Gandhiji is rightly called the Father of the Nation because he single handedly stood up against the mighty British Empire, without any arms, and brought her independence. However, today, Gandhiji is mostly forgotten, and his relevance questioned even by his ardent devotees. Gandhiji. What is the impact of Gandhiji in today’s world? Do Gandhian philosophy still stand tall against the wrongs of the global community?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s piece in The New York Times i.e., Why India and the World Need Gandhi has shown the popularity of Mahatma and India in the world. However, Do the Gandhian ways has impact on global community and leaders.

Gandhiji had influenced thousands of people through his ideals of non- violence, brotherhood, charity, equality, respect to elders, devotion to work and nation and most importantly peace. As he said, in a gentle way, you can shake the world. He did shake the world.

His impact was so widespread across the world that even when British people were laughing at him in 1920’s and Churchill calling him Half Naked Fakir in 30’s. The America’s African American community’s Thinkers such as W.E.B. Du Bois and E. Franklin Frazier wrote about him, and several influential African Americans visited him to seek advice, including Howard Thurman.

He inspired moral and political leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, the Dalai Lama, and impacted social and political movements in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Moreover, even in today’s world the Gandhian Principles in movement of Catalonia is showing the world, democracy is not only about institutions, law-making and carrying on governmental administration by means of popular suffrage and elected officers.

You can go across the world and find people got attraction of nonviolence, the nonviolence, which was taught 500 years ago, it is the Mahatma speaking. As a matter of fact, the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. remarked, “India as the land where the techniques of nonviolent social change were developed.

Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one as this even in flesh and blood walked upon this earth. – Einstein referencing Gandhiji

Gandhiji at a same point was a freedom fighter, a philosopher and he was a social reformer at the same time. Once, his friend Charlie Andrews told him to stick to one and be a social reformer, leave the rest to others. He responded to that, “I am what I am, in different times and different situations like the fingers of a pianist on the chords I can’t change myself.

If we think of a central figure of 20th century, where movements around the world be it farmers in Latin America, independence struggle of Catalonia or Africa whatever the movement is, the name of Gandhiji comes if it is a struggle of oppressed. If it is a struggle of independence, struggle of nonviolence, you will see a Gandhian figure or Gandhian Principles for sure.

In fact, time magazines man of the century was albert Einstein and Einstein himself said “the greatest political figure of the century is Mahatma Gandhiji”.

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There’s not an aspect of governance which does not draw inspiration from Gandhiji, whether it is sustainable development or sanitation. He has given a message, it’s possible. Martin Luther King said, “We talk of love, commitment and trust in individual relationships. Can it be internalized in political and social transformation? And it is Gandhiji, who showed the world that it can be internalized for political and social transformation. 150 years and we are still talking about this man, this man who we see in our daily lives on bank notes.

His eternal messages of Ahimsa, Swaraj and Satyagraha all teaches us only one thing that is to seek the truth within. Condemn the act from the actors and Brute force does not remain victorious. He gave us the doctrine of trusteeship, which emphasized the socio-economic welfare of the poor. Inspired by that, we should think about a spirit of ownership. We, as inheritors of the earth, are responsible for its well-being, including that of the flora and fauna with whom we share our planet.

In 21st century, Adulation is there for Gandhiji, he is a figure worshiped around the world. When it was asked why no Nobel Peace prize give to Gandhiji. The answer to that was, that the question is not if Gandhiji’s memory can live without Nobel, the question is, Can Nobel live without Gandhiji?

However, in today’s world Gandhiji is being used as a fig leaf to gain popularity by leaders and politicians. The whole concept of means and ends is not fundamental in today’s world and politicians are using the name of the great person just to meet the ends. Everybody is using Gandhian Principles today but who is working for oppressed and poor. It is easy to write, spear and preach Gandhiji. But you need to be strong to follow Gandhian Principles.

Gandhiji’s dream was to make India independent but the one which he craved for most was that the youth take a message from his life and follow his ideals throughout so that India will be remembered as ‘The land of virtues’. He did a good job and Gandhian philosophy shall remain relevant for a very long time.

Here are some great quotes from Gandhiji, that will keep inspiring the mankind to do the good.  
1. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.  
2. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
3. Where there is love there is life.  
4. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.  
5. Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.  
6. I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.  
7. The future depends on what we do in the present.  
8. A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.  
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

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