Today, it has become so much important that we take the responsibility to create a better future for our world, as the responsible children of the world. Not just by wishing for a change but by being the change. It is now our chance to take control work hard to infuse the Gandhian Principles in people's minds. Together, we shall create a world that is free from wars, lies, violence, destruction, and hate.
Join us in the Gandhi @ 150 movement. This is our endeavor to make the world aware about Gandhian ways of solving all our problems. The world will celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary on October 02, 2019. But before that, let's unite and embrace Gandhi's ideas in our everyday life.
There is one thing that Gandhi was absolutely sure about - 'Real change comes from within'! Regardless the chaotic world outside, if your heart is at peace, it will slowly promulgate peace around. You may be a housewife or a student, you may be an employee or a businessman, your initiative of embracing the Gandhian principles of Truth, Non-violence, and Peace, will create a world that Gandhi dreamt about.
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Gandhi was a leader whom people respected from the heart. Even the British officials considered him an able politician and statesman. He was confident about leading India's freedom struggle and he also inspired people to be moral and spiritual.
On the spiritual front, Gandhi did a lot of deliberation and experimentation to attain spiritual enlightenment. But he out-right rejected the idea that he was a saint. In fact, Gandhi believed that he was a politician who is studying the nuances of spirituality.
Prior to independence, India was reeling under the social evil of 'Untouchability'. There was rampant discrimination among the upper casts and lower casts. Mahatma Gandhi believed that India's Economy would not sustain if the weakest and most vulnerable sections of the society are left behind.
To bring in a social revolution, Gandhi invited 'Untouchables' to live with him in the Sabarmati Ashram. He also started publishing 'Harijan' Journal in English, Gujarati, and Hindi. And became the inspiration for opening up of Temples, Wells, and Schools for the 'Untouchables'.
Even though Gandhi is celebrated worldwide for his revolutionary ideas; some people disagreed with his ideas even then and some people disagree even today. And over the time, a sense of confusion has been developed which needs to be cleared out.
Gandhi was a crusader for the cause of Unity, Equality, and Harmony; he never approved of India's partition. But he was aware that he was not the only leader of Indians. And when all the leaders failed to reach to a consensus at The Shimla Conference 1945, partition became inevitable.
One lie can trap you in the maze of so many lies; and still, in the end, only the truth triumphs! And when you speak the truth, you do not fear anything else. Gandhi was one of the biggest believers of the Truth. He believed that 'Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.'
Gandhi invented an innovative way of peaceful protesting called 'Satyagraha', which means 'Holding on to the truth'. He also named his autobiography 'Experiments with Truth'.
While India was under British rule, Gandhi inspired Indians by saying that one hundred thousand need not frighten three hundred million human beings. He believed in the collective strength and knew that India was far more powerful than the British.
Still, he believed in the definite forgiveness for the British, because it would mean definite recognition of India's strength. He said, "Forgiveness is manlier than punishment, forgiveness adorns a soldier. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
Gandhi's life has been the golden book of truth, peace, and non-violence.
In South Africa, Gandhi led a first-of-its-kind non-violent mass protest against the law that forced Asian people to undergo compulsory registration or they would be deported. Thousands of people ceased their work and gathered on the venue in peaceful protests. And the law was finally repealed.
This was the birth of one of the greatest ideas of modern times, the non-violent peaceful protests called 'Satyagraha'.
Not just a champion politician, Gandhi was also an ardent thinker and philosopher. He published his views on a vast range of topics such as Education, Spirituality, Economy, Sustainability, and Globalization, etc.
On health and physical fitness, he believed that a person with extra ordinary physical strength is not necessarily healthy. He also described the ways to be healthy and maintain good health for a long time, through his experiments.
Gandhi was totally against racial or any other sort of discrimination that still exists in the world that we live in. He consistently tried to help the oppressed people to get their fundamental rights.
The first black President of the US, Barack Obama is one of the many world leaders today who are influenced by Gandhian principles. Addressing people ahead of the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela, he said that a world governed by such principles can achieve more peace and more cooperation in pursuits of a common good.
Gandhi led several protests against unjust laws and government policies, but he always made sure that the protesters follow non-violence. Gandhi was against creating discomfort in other people's lives, even for a worthy cause.
The protesters in Japan knew that if the bus service is suspended, actually thousands of people will suffer the consequences and not the bus company. So, they devised a new way of non-cooperation movement by completing their routes without collecting the fare.
Not only political and constitutional revolution, Gandhi also advocated for the evolution of people's everyday lifestyle, to be as more sustainable as possible.
Scientists have developed the NOWAH technology that helps a person reuse the organic waste as fertilizer and thus help in sustaining the environment. This is an award-winning project which can be implemented in every house easily. This is the innovation based on Gandhian principles.
The world is today talking about development, infrastructure, economy, and energy; but Gandhi believed in creating self-sufficient model of development.
Through self-sufficient development, humanity can address so many problems that are derogatory for the society as well as the nature. Problems like Pollution, Energy Deficit, Solid Waste Disposal, Climate Change, and Over Population can be very well tackled by the Gandhian way of development.
One of Gandhi's biggest discovery was the model of non-violent protests which became famous world over by the name 'Satyagraha'.
After the world witnessed two biggest wars and oppression of people, Gandhian ideas inspired the leaders of so many different countries, to press the European Empires for liberation. In a way, his was the first step that culminated in Decolonisation of the entire world.
Gandhi understood that service should be the ultimate aim of all the education system. This way the newer generations would have more compassion, humility, and willingness to help other people as well as creatures.
If service to the society is the ultimate goal for young people, the world will become most wonderful place to live, Gandhi believed.