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Relevance of Gandhian Principles in Todays World

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Mahatma Gandhi- Hero or Villain 
by Ratnadeep Ray  
 
October 2 is celebrated as the Gandhi Jayanti on account of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of our nation. But there are many debates regarding the works of Gandhiji. Some consider him the hero and some villain. So let us see the picture from both the angles. Mahatma Gandhi aka Father of Nation in India, Bapuji and some such names is arguably the most famous Indian all over the world. However he is not free from criticisms. Many consider him the villain for several acts. So let us analyze whether Gandhiji was hero or villain.
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The preacher of non-violence, Gandhiji was a prominent leader of India’s struggle for independence. His birthday October 2 is celebrated as the Non-violence day worldwide which proves the substance Gandhiji was made of. In today’s world when everyone is interested in tit for tat policy, Gandhiji begged to differ and adopted the weapons of truth and non violence to fight. He taught the method of love to conquer the world. Hence if one follows Gandhiji’s principles he can win the world with love and maintain peace though he needs tremendous strength for this act. However he considered violence better than cowardice. He discouraged to leave the dear ones and the weaker ones unprotected for the sake of avoiding violence. 

Gandhiji discouraged the addictions like smoking, drinking and non-vegetarianism. By promoting vegetarianism he preached the concept of love even amongst the animals. Though some people may beg to differ with him in these areas, however if seen for the long time journey, these acts are harmful for the health. 

Gandhiji also proved we do not need to maintain lavish lifestyles in order to reach our goal. When so many people try to earn money, wear attractive attires to impress the world, Gandhiji dared to differ and proved money, attractive clothes and other possessions are secondary and character is primary to reach the goal. 

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