Monday, October 2, 2006

Gandhi Jayanti

Today's Gandhi Jayanti. Gandhi emphasized : "A person cannot do right in one department whilst attempting to do wrong in another department. Life is one indivisible whole. "

So while we are excited about robust growth in the services and manufacturing industry, are we concerned about the little or no growth in Agriculture. And when 75% of our population lives in villages!!

Maybe it's time to have a relook at Gandhi's philosophy on Finance and Management too.

Mahatma Gandhi said that some things will destroy us. They are : Wealth Without Work and
Commerce (Business) Without Morality (Ethics) Notice that both of them have a bearing on
the social and political fabric of our country.

The two supreme values for Gandhi were truth and nonviolence. One of his greatest insights was to understand that violence was linked to poverty and injustice, which are sometimes now referred to as structural violence. He opposed poverty and injustice because to do so was a condition for peace, a pre-condition for peace

What would be his solution? Here's come's the spinning wheel (charkha): Gandhi says that India does not need to be industrialized in the modern sense of the term . It has 7,50,000 villages scattered over the vast area 1900 miles long 1500 broad. The people are rooted to the soil and the vast majority are living a hand to mouth life. What ever may be said to the contrary, having traveled throughout the length and breath of the land with the eyes open and having mixed with millions are living in enforced idleness for the last four month in a year.

Agriculture does not need revolutionary changes . The Indians peasant requires a supplementary industry. The most natural is the introduction of the spinning wheel not the handloom The latter cannot be included introduced in every home, whereas the farmer can, and it used to be so even a century ago. It was driven out not by economic pressure but by force deliberately used as can be proved from authentic records. The restoration therefore of the spinning wheel solves the economic problem of India at a stroke [Source: The collected works of Gandhi, Vol. 22]

Gandhi says and I quote "I would say that if the village perishes India will perish too. India will be no more India. Her own mission in the world will get lost" Gandhi said the world has enough resources to meet the needs of everyone, though not to satisfy everyone's greed.

Gandhi makes sense to you? Want to read more? Visit http://www.mkgandhi.org/ for more. Why don't you buy his Selected works of Mahatma Gandhi set of 5 books - 2500 pages Rs150/-(US$4) only

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