DAILY EDITORIAL (UPSC) |30 Jan 2021| RaghukulCS

Bapu’s ideals for young India

Source: The Indian Express

Written by: M Venkaiah Naidu (Vice president of India)

Topic in the syllabus: Contributions of Moral Thinkers and Philosophers from India and World (GS-4) | Essay

Analysis about: This article talks about the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi which are relevant & helpful for youths.

Introduction:
  • Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary is observed today as Martyrs’ Day.
Contribution of Gandhiji:
  • Mahatma Gandhi spearheaded the freedom struggle, acted with conviction on the principle rooted in our ancient tradition — ahimsa or non-violence.
  • Gandhiji successfully weaponised truth, satyagraha and peace in his helmsmanship of India’s struggle for independence, marked by large waves of peaceful protests.
Inspiration for today’s youth:
  • India today is poised at the tip of an unprecedented trajectory of growth. Hence, utilising the opportunities at hand to translate their dreams into reality and drawing inspiration from the past, today’s youth must utilise their energy to power the country forward.
  • The youth of today must engage themselves wholeheartedly in serving the nation while scripting India’s success story.
  • As Mahatma Gandhi aptly remarked: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
  • Therefore with ingenuity and innovation, the nation’s youth should chart the course of India’s development, lending focus to the concept of vocal for local.
What our history teaches us?
  • For one’s life to acquire substance, one must be driven by a purpose larger than himself.
    • Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak had wisely said that “each one of us will have to subordinate himself to the larger good”.
  • India has been a repository of wisdom, anchored in the conviction of vasudhaivakutumbakam – It means The whole world is one family.
  • With resilience and resolve, Gandhiji carried forward the torch of our great nation’s guiding philosophy, which has been the underlying message of the Rig Vedic verse, “Ekam sat, vipraahbahudhaavadanti – It means Truth is one, but the sages call it by many names”.

Gandhiji & Atmanirbharta:

  • Bapu’s emphasis on khadi and village industries during the freedom struggle has special relevance today — a Bharat that is atmanirbhar or self-reliant is the Bharat of Gandhiji’s dreams.
  • We saw how industrialists, technologists, innovators, scientists and researchers rose to the occasion with missionary zeal during the lockdown, manufacturing thousands of products from ventilators to PPE kits, from medicines to vaccines to finished products in different areas.
  • It is clear that marked by a transformed mindset, the Atmanirbhar campaign has set India firmly on the path of national pride& the development.
Conclusion:
  • Martyrs’ Day is an occasion to remind us of the fact that many brave soldiers, some prominent, many obscure, had walked on the thorny path of resistance fighting for India’s freedom in the struggle spearheaded by Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Their austerity, forbearance, asceticism, spirituality and self-effacing spirit of sacrifice should serve as an inspiration to all of us.

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