Beyond Headlines Special Series on Gandhi@2012
Every Indian knows the name of Mahatma Gandhi and can identify him but only few are aware of his thoughts and teachings. This 2nd October 2012 will add another day of celebration in the name of the Mahatama. Full page posters and advertisements will be dedicated to him.
But can the advertisements serve the purpose which is increasingly defeated by its custodians? The past one and half year can be rightfully called the time of return of Gandhi and his Principles to the debates in the Indian public sphere. His posters filled the walls (including Facebook walls) of the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement. Even the Media gave us a new Gandhi in Anna. Never after independence did India saw and discussed Gandhi and his principles like it did in the scale in the past eighteen months.
But the question is that do we really know Gandhi? If Gandhi comes to 2012 what will he do? Will his principles and teachings stand the test of time? Can he bring the change what his so called followers and worshipers have mostly failed to bring? Nevertheless, Gandhi remains valid for many people in politics, community service, social harmony and personal ethics. Gandhi’s ideas on rural development, self sufficient villages, personal ethics in public life and inclusive policy making have recently been discussed more than ever before.
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