Relevance of 'Non-Violence' in a Violent Era
India, a land witnessed various charismatic leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, who gave insights on how non-violence, communal peace and harmony can be carried out for the betterment of the society. Being a leader and a practitioner of truth, non-violence, tolerance, freedom, and peace, his teachings are relevant even now.
Non-violence being one of his teachings, many fail to follow and practice it in the reality, thus, we do witness our country’s downfall in maintaining communal harmony and peace. The intolerance spread across the nation is not only disrupting public life but also sowing the seeds of hatred among various communities. In light of this, the relevance of his saying 'An eye for an eye only makes the world blind' has to be remembered as it has immense power to transform the society for those who understand it to the core.
The dream of a self-sufficient nation, which was promoted on a large scale with a mission to aid small-scale industries and the rural population, is still on the verge of developing. Even though Prime Minister Narendra Modi had renamed the scheme by calling it 'Make In India', how this policy will lend a hand to its people and the economy is a great matter of concern. Although we have an inclination towards western culture, helping small-scale industries and the labourers for the advancement of our own country is yet another distant dream.
The situation has undergone tremendous change since independence, though he advocated for the universal upliftment of all, without discrimination, we do encounter enormous challenges as we struggle to come to terms with real demons; terrorism, factionalism and growing violence in every corner of the globe. And it is really disappointing that on a wider spectrum, nothing has changed ever since. The nation witnesses communal violence, mob lynching, ethnical disturbances and rising intolerance frequently and it is curtailing the development of our nation.
We can build a nation of his dreams if we consider what was seven social sins according to him, i.e. politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice. And we have to think where are we heading towards and what nation has to achieve as an entity.
And 'Be the change that you want to see in the world'.