| Truth as Religion|
Today is Gandhi's Birthday.
I am very much drawn to the school of Hindu thought that worships Truth as God, that Gandhi advocated. Truth is not same as reality; truth is what you discover when you see through the reality and the myths.
Gandhi and Slavery
This month's National Geographic has a graphic stories of 21st Century Slaves, many of them set in India. The intensely personal editorial of the issue talks about how the reporters went back to their car and wept at the plight of a boy in Kancheevaram. I am so glad we have a periodical like National Geographic, that seeks truth, whether it is pleasant or not. In fact, the truth presented in this article is very unpleasant and disturbing. For me, what is equally disturbing matter is when Indians attack the story writers and publications everytime an unpleasant piece is written about India.
I revere Gandhi, because he had a plan. A plan to liberate the 20th and 21st century slaves --untouchables, tribals, Gypsies, working children, and prostitutes, and all-- not through law-enforcement, but though social reform and changing of hearts. His Sarvodaya movement involved comprehensive development of India, with all the segments of the society advancing equally, and simultaneously.
Gandhi's agenda has long been broken in India, and elsewhere, and probably it is now unwise to go back to his social program verbatim But till another great man of the stature of Lincoln or Gandhi rises, we have to lament on the path of wisdom not taken.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Thursday, October 02, 2003|
Last Modified: 10/1/2003