In a gentle way, you can shake the world - Mahatma Gandhi

Posted : 01-Oct-2017

Mahatma Gandhi embodies a figure of distinctive integrity, consistency and humanity. Just imagine a ‘charka’ the most humble and simplistic machine, nevertheless made it to be the most potent contribution in India's struggle for freedom - one as an economic tool – An idea devised to employ thousands of Indian weavers against the mass industrial production by the British. It has fed millions more than thirty five years as a successful economic tool.


Such was his greatness that many till now fail to understand his resourcefulness. Gandhi not only spun his magic for the Indian freedom movement but also propelled economy because he knew that self-sustaining movement would drive the freedom revolution for a longer run and Ahimsa on the other hand has always been fascinating. Interestingly, once Mahatma Gandhi was asked “Do you hate machines” his answer was “No” his reply was ‘While my body on itself is nothing but meticulous machinery How can I dismiss it? Gandhi believed in technological development, but he also understood that technology should serve the mankind and not vice-versa. Apart from his political thought of a free India Gandhi advocated for free and compulsory education for ages between 7 to 14 years and education to be imparted in student’s mother tongue. He believed education is the backbone for a society for an all-round development of a man in body, mind and spirit. His establishment of the Wardha scheme was a pointer in this direction.


On Women education:

Gandhi placed a huge emphasis on women education. He advocated the equal acceptance of status between men and women in society. He took steps to free women from social serfdom and so as a reason there has been a number of girl students considerably represented in various educational institutions in the country and outside. Gandhi’s idea of vocational education was inimitable which even now-a-days is being promoted by the government in India. Gandhi’s basic vision for a new India entailed that ‘every religion has its full and equal place’. In his collected works Gandhi states that ‘my idea of village swaraj is that it is a complete republic, independent of its neighbors for its own vital wants, and yet interdependent for many others in which dependence is a necessity’.


So let’s just move on as what did the great man wanted to tell us; time for little introspection

  • Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
  • An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
  •  Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
  • God has no religion.”
  • Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
  • The future depends on what you do today.”
  • The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

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