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India of My Dreams: Mahatma Gandhi
India of My Dreams: Mahatma Gandhi
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Mahatma Gandhi is the most influential Indian of the twentieth century whose shadow continues to loom large over the country even sixty years after his death. He struggled and dreamt of a India free not only from the yoke of the British rule but also free from the evils of poverty, illiteracy, untouchability with all its citizens enjoying equally the fruits of freedom and prosperity.

Many of his revolutionary ideas, termed as idiosyncrasies then, are fashionable concepts followed by today’s generation. And the resurging popularity of ‘Gandhigiri’ is proof of Gandhi’s continuing relevance in the twenty-first century.

This book offers a fascinating peep into the mind and ideas of Gandhi and his dream for a vibrant and prosperous modern India.

Foreword

It is a happy idea to place before the world and the country at the present moment when we are entering upon a new era a picture of the India of Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams. The freedom which we have won is throwing upon us the responsibilities of making or marring the future of India. It is in no small measure the achievement of Mahatma Gandhi’s leadership. The matchless weapon of truth and non-violence which he has used is needed the world to cure it of many of its ills. We are aware how imperfect have been the instruments that had to be used by gandhiji, and yet history will record that our object has been with the least possible sacrifice which any other country similarly situated could have been called upon to make. As the weapon has been unique, the opportunities which the achievement of freedom offers are equally unique. In our hour of victory and rejoicings we cannot afford to ignore either the leader who has led us or the undying principles which have inspired him. Freedom is only the means to a greater and nobler end, and the achievement of India of Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams will be the fitting consummation of all that he has worked for and stands for. At this juncture we need to be reminded of the basis. and fundamentals of his teachings. A book, which places before the reader not only those basic and fundamental principles, but also indicates how we can help to fulfil them through our freedom establishing a polity and social life, and through the instrumentality of a constitution and the dedication of the human which this vast country will now throw up to work without any external fetters or internal inhibitions, will be welcomed by all. Shri R. K. Prabhu has proved his skill in making a selection of the most telling and significant passage from Mahatma Gandhi’s writings and I have no doubt that this volume useful addition to the literature on the subject.

Preface To The First Addition

In this work an attempt has been made, by assembling together passages from writings and speeches of Mahatma Gandhi, to give the reader an idea of the part which he expects a completely free and independent India of his conception to play in her own domestic affairs as well as in her relations with the rest of the world. On 15th August, 1947, India will have finally shaken off the yoke of foreign rule which for the past century and a half had held her soul in bondage and well-nigh ruined her materially, morally and spiritually. In the process of achievement her independence, however, her unity has been broken in many places and her soul has been badly bruised, owing to internecine quarrels, and the shape of ‘Swaraj’ that is merging is not at all what her patriotic sons and daughters had ardently longed for and struggled for all these decades. It is quite natural, therefore, that Gandhiji, the Father of Indian independence, should feel little inclined to enthuse over the independence that is drawing; and cry out, like the Vedic seer, lead us from darkness unto Light’.

Gandhiji has refused to subscribe to the fantastic theory that the Muslims of India are ‘a separate nation’. ‘My whole soul rebels against the idea that Hinduism and Islam represent two antagonisticcultures and doctrines,’ he has said. ‘To assent to such a doctrine is for me a denial of God. For I believe with my whole soul that the God of the Quran is also the God of the Gita that we are all, no matter by what name designated, children of the same God. I must rebel against the idea that millions of Indians who were Hindus the other day changed their nationality on adopting Islam as their religion.’ He refuses to believe that India will remain for ever partitioned, either geographically or spiritually, in the manner that is being sought to be done at present. ‘India does not become two nations,’ he Says, ‘because it has been cut up into two sovereign States.’ He lives in the hope and will work in the hope that with the removal of the most serious obstacle in the way of her unity— the wedge driven by her alien rulers—and the healing of the wounds recently inflicted on her, the India of his dreams will yet emerge into reality in the not so distant future.

The compiler of the present work, cognizant of the onerousness of the task before him and of his own shortcomings, is fully aware of the risks involved in trying to convey to the readers a conception of ‘India of Gandhiji’s dreams’ which may fall short, far short, of the picture which the master artist has drawn in the immortal pages of Young India and Harijan and in other collections of his writings and speeches. The compiler expresses the hope that he may not have deviated far from the correctness as well comprehensiveness of that picture, inasmuch as the attempt to redraw the picture, on a reduced scale, has been -made in Gandhiji’s own words. For whatever shortcomings there still remain in the present work the compiler tenders his profuse apologies both to Gandhiji and to the reader.

Contents

1India of My Dreams13
2The Meaning of Swaraj16
3In Defence of Nationalism21
4Democracy in India23
5India and Socialism28
6India and Communism32
7The Curse of Industrialism35
8C1assWar39
9Strikes42
10Choice before Labour45
11Rights or Duties?49
12The Problem of Unemployment52
13Daridranarayan57
14The Gospel of Bread Labour60
15Sarvodaya65
16Theory of Trusteeship69
17Non-violent Economy72
18The Way to Equal Distribution75
19India’s Record of Non-violence79
20The Sarvodaya State81
21Satyagraha and Duragraha84
22The Tillers of the Soil89
23Back to the Village92
24Every Village a Republic96
25Panchayat Raj99
26Village Industries101
27What the Government Can Do107
28Village Exhibitions109
29The Music of the Spinning Wheel111
30The Mill Industry115
31The Gospel of Swadeshi117
32Cow Protection123
33Co-operative Cattle-farming126
34Village Sanitation129
35Village Health133
36Village Diet136
37The Village Worker139
38All-round Village Service144
39A Call to Youth146
40The Nation’s Health, Hygiene and Diet149
41Drink and Drugs154
42Urban Sanitation158
43Evil Wrought by the Foreign Medium161
44My Own Experience168
45India’s Cultural Heritage173
46The New Education175
47Basic Education178
48Higher Education180
49Ashram Ideal of Education188
50National Language and Script192
51Provincial Languages197
52Hindi in the South200
53A Code for Students206
54Regeneration of Indian Women210
55Women’s Education216
56Birth-Control219
57Sex Education224
58Children226
59Communal Unity228
60Varnashrama Dharma232
61The Curse of Untouchability235
62Religious Tolerance in India239
63Proselytization243
64Problems of Administration246
65Reorganization of Provinces252
66The Problem of Minorities257
67An Indian Governor260
68The Press262
69Peace Brigades264
70Indian National Congress269
71India, Pakistan and Kashmir273
72Foreign Settlements in India277
73India and World Peace278
74The Message of the East281
75Obiter Dicta283
End Notes291

India of My Dreams: Mahatma Gandhi

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2009
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Mahatma Gandhi is the most influential Indian of the twentieth century whose shadow continues to loom large over the country even sixty years after his death. He struggled and dreamt of a India free not only from the yoke of the British rule but also free from the evils of poverty, illiteracy, untouchability with all its citizens enjoying equally the fruits of freedom and prosperity.

Many of his revolutionary ideas, termed as idiosyncrasies then, are fashionable concepts followed by today’s generation. And the resurging popularity of ‘Gandhigiri’ is proof of Gandhi’s continuing relevance in the twenty-first century.

This book offers a fascinating peep into the mind and ideas of Gandhi and his dream for a vibrant and prosperous modern India.

Foreword

It is a happy idea to place before the world and the country at the present moment when we are entering upon a new era a picture of the India of Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams. The freedom which we have won is throwing upon us the responsibilities of making or marring the future of India. It is in no small measure the achievement of Mahatma Gandhi’s leadership. The matchless weapon of truth and non-violence which he has used is needed the world to cure it of many of its ills. We are aware how imperfect have been the instruments that had to be used by gandhiji, and yet history will record that our object has been with the least possible sacrifice which any other country similarly situated could have been called upon to make. As the weapon has been unique, the opportunities which the achievement of freedom offers are equally unique. In our hour of victory and rejoicings we cannot afford to ignore either the leader who has led us or the undying principles which have inspired him. Freedom is only the means to a greater and nobler end, and the achievement of India of Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams will be the fitting consummation of all that he has worked for and stands for. At this juncture we need to be reminded of the basis. and fundamentals of his teachings. A book, which places before the reader not only those basic and fundamental principles, but also indicates how we can help to fulfil them through our freedom establishing a polity and social life, and through the instrumentality of a constitution and the dedication of the human which this vast country will now throw up to work without any external fetters or internal inhibitions, will be welcomed by all. Shri R. K. Prabhu has proved his skill in making a selection of the most telling and significant passage from Mahatma Gandhi’s writings and I have no doubt that this volume useful addition to the literature on the subject.

Preface To The First Addition

In this work an attempt has been made, by assembling together passages from writings and speeches of Mahatma Gandhi, to give the reader an idea of the part which he expects a completely free and independent India of his conception to play in her own domestic affairs as well as in her relations with the rest of the world. On 15th August, 1947, India will have finally shaken off the yoke of foreign rule which for the past century and a half had held her soul in bondage and well-nigh ruined her materially, morally and spiritually. In the process of achievement her independence, however, her unity has been broken in many places and her soul has been badly bruised, owing to internecine quarrels, and the shape of ‘Swaraj’ that is merging is not at all what her patriotic sons and daughters had ardently longed for and struggled for all these decades. It is quite natural, therefore, that Gandhiji, the Father of Indian independence, should feel little inclined to enthuse over the independence that is drawing; and cry out, like the Vedic seer, lead us from darkness unto Light’.

Gandhiji has refused to subscribe to the fantastic theory that the Muslims of India are ‘a separate nation’. ‘My whole soul rebels against the idea that Hinduism and Islam represent two antagonisticcultures and doctrines,’ he has said. ‘To assent to such a doctrine is for me a denial of God. For I believe with my whole soul that the God of the Quran is also the God of the Gita that we are all, no matter by what name designated, children of the same God. I must rebel against the idea that millions of Indians who were Hindus the other day changed their nationality on adopting Islam as their religion.’ He refuses to believe that India will remain for ever partitioned, either geographically or spiritually, in the manner that is being sought to be done at present. ‘India does not become two nations,’ he Says, ‘because it has been cut up into two sovereign States.’ He lives in the hope and will work in the hope that with the removal of the most serious obstacle in the way of her unity— the wedge driven by her alien rulers—and the healing of the wounds recently inflicted on her, the India of his dreams will yet emerge into reality in the not so distant future.

The compiler of the present work, cognizant of the onerousness of the task before him and of his own shortcomings, is fully aware of the risks involved in trying to convey to the readers a conception of ‘India of Gandhiji’s dreams’ which may fall short, far short, of the picture which the master artist has drawn in the immortal pages of Young India and Harijan and in other collections of his writings and speeches. The compiler expresses the hope that he may not have deviated far from the correctness as well comprehensiveness of that picture, inasmuch as the attempt to redraw the picture, on a reduced scale, has been -made in Gandhiji’s own words. For whatever shortcomings there still remain in the present work the compiler tenders his profuse apologies both to Gandhiji and to the reader.

Contents

1India of My Dreams13
2The Meaning of Swaraj16
3In Defence of Nationalism21
4Democracy in India23
5India and Socialism28
6India and Communism32
7The Curse of Industrialism35
8C1assWar39
9Strikes42
10Choice before Labour45
11Rights or Duties?49
12The Problem of Unemployment52
13Daridranarayan57
14The Gospel of Bread Labour60
15Sarvodaya65
16Theory of Trusteeship69
17Non-violent Economy72
18The Way to Equal Distribution75
19India’s Record of Non-violence79
20The Sarvodaya State81
21Satyagraha and Duragraha84
22The Tillers of the Soil89
23Back to the Village92
24Every Village a Republic96
25Panchayat Raj99
26Village Industries101
27What the Government Can Do107
28Village Exhibitions109
29The Music of the Spinning Wheel111
30The Mill Industry115
31The Gospel of Swadeshi117
32Cow Protection123
33Co-operative Cattle-farming126
34Village Sanitation129
35Village Health133
36Village Diet136
37The Village Worker139
38All-round Village Service144
39A Call to Youth146
40The Nation’s Health, Hygiene and Diet149
41Drink and Drugs154
42Urban Sanitation158
43Evil Wrought by the Foreign Medium161
44My Own Experience168
45India’s Cultural Heritage173
46The New Education175
47Basic Education178
48Higher Education180
49Ashram Ideal of Education188
50National Language and Script192
51Provincial Languages197
52Hindi in the South200
53A Code for Students206
54Regeneration of Indian Women210
55Women’s Education216
56Birth-Control219
57Sex Education224
58Children226
59Communal Unity228
60Varnashrama Dharma232
61The Curse of Untouchability235
62Religious Tolerance in India239
63Proselytization243
64Problems of Administration246
65Reorganization of Provinces252
66The Problem of Minorities257
67An Indian Governor260
68The Press262
69Peace Brigades264
70Indian National Congress269
71India, Pakistan and Kashmir273
72Foreign Settlements in India277
73India and World Peace278
74The Message of the East281
75Obiter Dicta283
End Notes291
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