International Day of Non-Violence 02 October: Why Gandhi’s Philosophy is still relevant?
International Day of Non-Violence is observed every year on the occasion of birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on 02 October. Mahatma Gandhi has made a very significant contribution to India’s independence. Mahatma Gandhi became ‘Bapu’ of Indians because of his simple life and high views. Mahatma Gandhi introduced the world to the power of truth. The British were forced to leave India due to Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha.
Apart from Non-Violence, Mahatma Gandhi has also contributed significantly to the field of education. Mahatma Gandhi’s contributions were not only limited to the Indian freedom struggle but also he raised voice against many social issues like Untouchability, Casteism, Illiteracy and much more.
Relevance of Gandhi’s Philosophy
• There are four basic principles of Gandhian philosophy – truth, non-violence, love and harmony.
• He had started following the philosophy of truth from childhood after watching a play ‘Satyavadi Raja Harishchandra‘. He started believing that truth is God.
• Mahatma Gandhi believed that following the path of truth is like worship to the god. Therefore he named his biography – ‘The Story of My Experiments with Truth’.
• Mahatma Gandhi’s view on non-violence was, ‘Without non-violence, the search for truth is impossible. Ahimsa is the means and the truth is practicable.’
• Mahatma Gandhi believed that an eye for an eye will leave the entire world blind. He used to believe that the path of non-violence can never go wrong.
• Another, philosophy of Gandhi is that be the change you want to see in the world.
• Gandhi was an ardent believer in cleanliness. Gandhi wanted a clean India by keeping our surroundings clean along with our body and the soul.
• Mahatma Gandhi fasted for 17 times during the struggle for independence and his longest fast was 21 days.
• Mahatma Gandhi used to give special emphasis on the character building of a person.
• He was a great believer in the power of mother earth and the environment. One of his quote, ‘earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed,’ resembles his thoughts about nature.