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Relevance Of Gandhian Philosophy In 21st Century

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Mahatma Gandhi is not just a name, but the spirit of profound wisdom and captivating humility. He wasn’t just a mere political philosopher but he gave a message and philosophy of life. Though not supported by any specific authority, he led an entire nation on the path to independence. With his philosophies of non-violence, truth, self-sufficiency, communal harmony, simple living, and high thinking, he aimed for peace and harmony of the nation along with independence at the same time.

Today, even a century later, one can see the relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophies not only in India but also on a global level. His principle of non-violence taught everyone that a silent protest can be a very powerful tool as well. In various cases like Nirbhaya Rape case and Jessica Lal murder case, justice was delivered sooner than expected because of the continuous yet silent protest in the form of candle marches all over the nation. Even India has based the foreign policies on peaceful coexistence but undoubtedly we stand fully prepared in case any threat imposed upon our national integrity.

Mahatma Gandhi was much more than one knows. He was a strategist, a shrewd politician who adopted the process of change that was ethical, nonviolent and democratic to make sure that equal rights are given to all. In today’s scenario as well several policies are being formulated to bring the backward sections of the society in the mainstream. Even the politicians today can learn a lot from Gandhiji’s strategic principles.

Gandhiji gave huge importance to women empowerment and the effects of the same can be seen quite evidently in today’s world. Indian women have made their presence known not only within the boundaries of the nation but beyond as well. Be it Kalpana Chawla as the first Indian woman to go to space, or be it Mrs. Pratibha Patil as the first woman President of India, or be it Mary Kom, P.V. Sindhu, P.T.Usha, Sania Mirza or Saina Nehwal, each one they have made India proud, and the list is never-ending.

Gandhiji’s philosophies of decentralization of power, need for basic education for all and sanitation, each find relevance in today’s scenario.

One can see the effect of Gandhian Philosophy outside India as well. His fight for human right and civil liberty in South Africa influenced several leaders including Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. Very much the same way leaders of various other nations find their inspiration in Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophies even today.

The practice of ‘an eye for an eye’ only tends to worsen the situations. In order to establish peace and make the world a global family, one needs to tread on the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi because undoubtedly these principles hold the power to lift humanity to a better tomorrow.

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