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Know ABC of Gandhism this Gandhi Jayanti
The nation will celebrate Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 as a national festival. It is essential to revisit the values and principles for which Mahatama Gandhi stood for and imbibe them in our lives rather than ritualising the observance.

The philosophy of Mahatama Gandhi is also called Gandhism which consists of his thoughts, ideas, wisdom which describe his inspiration, vision, life, values and work. His noteworthy contribution has been of non-violent resistance and disobedience of the wrong and false, popularly known as 'Satyagraha'.

When seen from 'Satyagraha' point of view, the main tenets of his philosophy had been truth and non-violence. The followers of Gandhiji's philosophy are called Gandhians.

It is said that Gandhiji did not approve of 'Gandhism', while stating, "There is no such thing as 'Gandhism' and I do not want to leave any sect after me. I do not claim to have originated any new principle or doctrine. I have simply tried in my own way to apply the eternal truths to our daily life and problems." He had been the view that truth and non-violence were as old as the hills' and he happened to have put them into practice.

However, his followers created 'Gandhism' and see truth as being truthful in one's ethical thought, speech and action. Gandhi had once said that the 'Truth was far more powerful than any weapon of mass destruction.

Here is my ABC verse on 'Gandhism' to describe it in nutshell.

A: Ahimsa or non-violence by riding oneself of anger, obsession and destructive impulses

B: Being co-operative and participative rather than competitive in life

C: Controlling of senses, thoughts and actions and subscribing for the truth of ethics

D: Detesting hypocrisy in organised religions

E: Empowerment through self-reliance and being self-sufficient

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