Mahatma Gandhi - a look into his progressive vision and how we continue to fail him
Today, the 2nd October is the Gandhi Jayanti, the birthday of Mahatama Gandhi, the father of the nation. He was not only a great freedom fighter, an apostle of non-violence, a champion of the down-trodden but an ardent supporter of nature. It is sad to see how we have failed all the things the great man stood for yet continue to celebrate his birthday with a national holiday.
Mahatma Gandhi was an environmentalist with differenece. He warned us not to act against nature but we did not heed his warning and exploited nature like anything and are suffering from the wrath of nature like climate change and tsunamis, etc.
Gandhiji was for the use of renewable sources of energy which could always be replaced. He was against the use of non-renewable sources of energy which could not be replaced. He stated that all the wars had taken place between various powers for capturing the sources of non-renewable energy like coal, petroleum, etc. and he was right. Even today, the war between the West and the middle east is over the exploitation of petroleum as a source of energy.
Gandhiji was for simple living and high thinking. He was against the use of tractors and fertilisers etc. for agriculture and was for the use of bullocks and plough and natural manures for the agricultural purposes. He was strictly for organic farming as he felt that the use of tractors spoiled the fertility of the fields and the use of fertilisers spoiled the quality of the agricultural products. And he was right. Today, there is more and more a demand for organic farming products in the whole world particularly in the West as the products produced through organic farming are more nutritious and healthy.
Gandhiji was also for the use of Khadi, the home spun cloth which he felt was more comfortable to wear. He was also against the metaled roads as he felt that they affect the feet of the bullocks.He was for the use of bullock carts as means of transport as it would not spread pollution and the environment would be kept clean. He was for building village republics so that villages were self sufficient and had their own local self Government for resolving various disputes as well as had their own village level industries.
This would have prevented the migration of villagers from villages to towns and would have also prevented the growth of urban slums.
However the simple thoughts of Gandhi got lost somewhere between the technology advancements, corruption, desire and greed.
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