As yet another birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi comes around, it is important for us to look at the day as more than just a national holiday and to truly understand the significance of the Mahatma’s teachings. Gandhiji’s contribution to India is much more than simply playing an integral role in the freedom struggle. His other contribution is his set of teachings that inspired a whole generation, and continues to inspire people across the world today. Gandhiji’s most famous principle is ‘satyagraha’, which is broken into ‘agraha’ or struggle for ‘satya’ or truth.
Gandhiji believed in fighting for what was right, and in struggling non-violently for achieving this objective till it was achieved in full measure. In a competitive world where everyone is trying to get ahead, it is easy to forget our principles and just become another member of the rat race. The Mahatma chose the longer and more difficult path to freedom by following the principle of non-violence because he was a man who stuck to his principles despite opposition. Similarly, it is important for us to understand and emulate the principles of honesty, fairness and kindness in our daily lives and utilise these principles in our daily interactions.
In today’s environment of corruption, scandals and cheating, the Mahatma’s principles ring true more than before. It is important for parents and teachers to inculcate the Gandhian values in children today so that in this competing world, our children can stand on firm grounds because of the morals that support them and as a nation, we need to go back to our roots and understand that the path to success in the long run is based on the principles of being honest citizens who treat each other in a kind and fair manner.