The Father of our nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was affectionately called so due to his political opinions and his simplicity in using ideals of non-violence, and his dedication towards social reforms. He strongly believed in social justice, ahimsa (non-violence), self-reliance, and equality for one and all.
We have been slowly moving away from the vision that Gandhi had of India, and from these tenets, towards an ‘exclusive’ society. Can we restore his vision of India in today’s world?
In today’s world, we are surrounded by challenges, right from anything minute to even climate change. Knowingly or unknowingly, these changes can lead to the better good for some or severe consequences for someone else. The big question is if we can tackle these issues by keeping social justice in mind. If Gandhi were alive today, he would have proposed a solution by incorporating all sections of society. He would have tried hard to bring the entire country under one umbrella because it’s not easy to arrive at a consensus amongst more than 130 crores people of the country.
In Gandhi’s writings, he also showed concern about the environment and said that only nature could save the future. The reckless pursuit of industrialisation by nations would pose a serious threat to the very existence of not only mankind but all living organisms. The concept of a Sarvodaya village, a village industry to promote and encourage similar sustainable products and ethics, was instilled by him. He said, “God forbid that, India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of west …if (our Nation) took to a similar economic explosion, it would strip the world like locusts.”
Our globe is not a toy of the yesteryears, it does not suit the present commercialised world. This competitive society has lead to a situation where super-powers and developed countries are attacking the developing countries. The developing countries are furthermore targetting the underdeveloped countries. The world community is witnessing the 21st-century drawing close to superpowers and asserting their authority. Countries are being motivated to upgrade technologically to safeguard their country and to become stronger against their opponents.
Unfortunately or fortunately, out of hundred and thirty crore people in this country, India is home to the most number of recognised religions. The major religions practices in India include Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, and the Baha’ I faith. India is considered the birthplace of the world’s major religions and is the largest democratic country in the globe. Due to its secularism, all religions have equal rights in our country, even though it’s very unfortunate to see that our country is very much divided by practising casteism. It is estimated that there are 3000 castes and 25000 sub-castes, each based on their specific occupation.
All over the globe, in the name of religion, race, caste, creed, and colour, there are hundreds of lives at stake. People are going to war and choosing destruction over peace. India, despite its diversity, maintains peace and teaches the world tolerance and humanity.