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Martyrs' Day: ABC of Gandhism
The country is observing Martyrs' Day today. Mahatma Gandhi's date of death, 30 January, is commemorated as a Martyrs' Day in India as a national observance. There is a need to mull over the ideals of Gandhiji and create a nation of his dreams rather than organising official functions to pay ritualistic homage. In fact, Gandhiji was against such observances, his statues, samadhis and tokenisms.

There is a need to understand what Gandhiji stood for. Gandhism consists of the precepts, ideas, ideals, values, thoughts, actions and principles that describe the vision and lived experiences of non-violent resistance of Indian leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2nd October 1869 - 30th January 1948).

The followers of Gandhism or Gandhians also believe that it pertains to a philosophy of life, based on righteousness and non-violence, which is simple and self-reliant.

Here is my ABC verse on the wisdom of Gandhiji.

A: Affirm to Sarvodaya or universal uplift, trusteeship and mutual care and share

B: Beware of seven deadly sins: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, religion without sacrifice and politics without principle

C: Conform to simple living and high thinking

D: Develop a non-violent attitude

E: Evolve yourself in the light of wisdom to discriminate between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and false, real and unreal.

However, Gandhiji was against all 'isms' and said that there should not be any 'Gandhism', He has said once, "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...The opinions I have formed and the conclusions I have arrived at are not final. I may change them tomorrow. I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and non-violence are as old as the hills."

Gandhiji had a great respect of diversity and peaceful co-existence. He had dreamt of an India in which thousands of self-sufficient small communities, who rule themselves without hindering others, could flourish.

Unlike the modern economy of PM Manmohan Singh patronizing rich and mighty market forces, Gandhian economics focused on the need for economic self-sufficiency at the village level for ending poverty through improved agriculture and small-scale cottage industries.

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