Gandhism will always remain there
edited: Wednesday, November 07, 2007
By amazonia mithi
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Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2007
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About relevance of Gandhism
Ofcourse Gandhism is relevant yet today and more when we see the day to day occuring riots, political chaos and rising differences among different religion, caste, regions and countries.
when people say Gandhi wanted India not to use modern technology, then they are misquoting his emphasis on development of cottage industry and self reliant village econmy system or his justification of the caste system.
What Gandhi wanted Indians to realize the importance of their own heritage, technology and use their man power which is the best resource for the development of any country.
If he encouraged cottage industries, it was to make the rural India to be linked with the high pace of urbanization and be at par with the urban section of economy. Developing the rural area by creating jobs in cottage industry is obviously far better than a short term rapid development with a borrowed technology.
Those who oppose Gandhian view on this have really forgotten the examples of South East Asian countries like Indonesia, which had a total economic collapse due to overdependency on MNCs.
Despite of much hip hop about the Western models of development, which emphasized on creating growth centres like industries and then expecting the effect of development to spread down, we have seen its failure in last 50 years of Planned development. Still most of rural India remain unaffected from the fruits of Globalization, except for growing consumerism, we have not availed them any modern facility.
Talking about Varnashram System advocated by Gandhi ji, even many of those who call themselves Gandhivadi, get confused.While Gandhi simply justified the Caste system of Vadic period because it was necessary for the maintenance of discipline and order in administration. That does not mean that he was justifying the discrimination on this basis. In the initial stage of the Vernashram system it was not rigid and caste was decided according to the occupation any person chose. Gandhi wanted the same kind of Vernashram to be in practice where nobody was given a caste according to birth, rathe every person would have freedom to choose his caste or occupation. Yet he felt a Vernashram system was necessary to maintain the work division. Even in most of the developed countries, the basic ideal of mass production initiated with the principle of division of labour and work specialization.
Thus, if we stop misquoting Gandhi and consider the relevance of his views with a progressive approach, which calls for modification, not alteration yet heads towards sustainability, we will never find Gandhism an absolate concept. Do remember Gandhi himself never believed in any "Ism" but the belief in individual's contribution for the comman cause and global brotherhood today have got Gandhism as a new synonym for itself.