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What India’s schoolchildren think of M K Gandhi at 143

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A special section in the Hindu, 2012 October 02, on what schoolchildren in India think of M K Gandhi

Today is the 143rd birth anniversary of M K Gandhi. We need, more than ever, swarajya and satyagraha, khadi and ‘gram rajya’. Here is what he wrote 85 years ago:

“Indeed the word swaraj is all-embracing. It does include complete independence as it includes many other things. To give it one definite meaning is to narrow the outlook, and to limit what is at present happily limitless. Let the content of swaraj grow with the growth of national consciousness and aspirations. We may be satisfied today with dominion status. The future generations may not be, may want something better. Swaraj without any qualifying clause includes that which is better than the best one can conceive or have today. Swaraj means even under dominion status a capacity to declare independence at will. So long as we have not achieved that capacity, we have no swaraj. This is the least it should mean.”

“What India will finally have is for her and her alone to determine. This power of determination remains unfettered by the existing creed.”

“It is totally consistent with national self-respect and it provides for the highest growth of the nation. After all, the real definition will be determined by our action, the means we adopt to achieve the goal. If we would but concentrate upon the means, swaraj will take care of itself. Our exploration should, therefore, take place in the direction of determining not the definition of an indefinable term like swaraj but in discovering the ways and means.” – M. K. Gandhi, in ‘Young India‘, 13 January 1927

Written by makanaka

October 2, 2012 at 18:06