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Gandhipedia : the need for Gandhian Values

The increasing violence in society, and events like mob lynching, and communal killings are on the rise in recent years. Gandhi taught the entire world the power of non- violence, and the young generation needs to learn from it. 

The Finance Minister of India has created a special segment of Budget during 2019- 2020.  A Gandhipedia is also being developed by the National Council for Science Museums to sensitize youth and society at large about positive Gandhian values.
There are no government statistics of hate crimes in India but there are a few media outlets that have attempted to track them.

Over Ten states have been affected by such a heinous crime for months since 2018.

Gandhian Philosophy
Even though Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi has always denied anything like ‘Gandhian Philosophy’ yet the term gained popularity over the world as Gandhism.
"There is no such thing as "Gandhism" and I do not want to leave any sect after me. I do not claim to have originated any new principle or doctrine. I have simply tried in my own way to apply the eternal truths to our daily life and problems...The opinions I have formed and the conclusions I have arrived at are not final. I may change them tomorrow. I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and non-violence are as old as the hills”
-       MK Gandhi

Usually, Gandhism is associated with ideas and inspiration that is driven by the life of Mohandas Gandhi. He has been associated with the idea of ‘nonviolence’ and the truth.
Non-Violence did not promote in compromising with your values, in fact, the civil resistance without a weapon was the sole idea of Gandhi’s non-violence.
Gandhism can be more understood as a philosophy based on "truth" and "non-violence" in the following sense. First, we should acknowledge and accept the truth that people are different at all levels ("truth"). 
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Second, that one should never resort to violence to settle inherent differences between human beings at any level: from between two people to two nations to two races or two religions ("non-violence").
Gandhi has been followed by many political figures like Martin Luther King Jr. of the United States, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko of South Africa, Lech Walesa of Poland and Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar.
Gandhi in India is seen as an old man which brings the image of a very simple and pious man who was meek and mild. While Gandhi was not a simple man, to say the least, the above does not give the right image of Gandhi and does not bring any inspiration to the younger group, the group most relevant for Gandhi.
Therefore, Gandhipedia is needed to clear this meek and mild image. He was a shrewd politician who brought peace and harmony to India while struggling for winning India’s independence.
He maintained the fight ethical, nonviolent and democratic and cared about the rights of minorities. The message of his life remain the core and need for running a very diverse country like India.
Gandhipedia will help in realizing the essence of Gandhism in India, the country of its birth.
 Gandhism today is alive and active outside India. In fact, today there is hardly any country in the world where some activities are not going on along Gandhian lines. 

There are very few countries in the world where something or the other is not being done, achieved or organized in the name of Gandhi. In short, there is a global non-violent awakening and awareness after Gandhi.
 The name of Mahatma Gandhi transcends the bounds of race, religion, and nation-states, and has emerged as the prophetic voice of the twenty-first century. Today, Gandhi is remembered for his passionate adherence to the practice of non-violence and his supreme humanism, in every corner of the world.
Even the parliament of Britain established the statue of Gandhi, though he was fighting against them in the struggle for independence.
 Many ancient Indian masters have preached ahimsa, non-violence as a philosophy. That was mere philosophical understanding. But Mahatma Gandhi, in this twentieth century, produced a very sophisticated approach because he implemented that very noble philosophy of ahimsa in modern politics, and he succeeded. That is a very great thing.”
- Dalai Lama

And that is precisely the greatness of Gandhi and that is the message of Gandhi to the modern world. In the past century, many places in the world have been drastically changed through the use of brute force, by the power of guns the Soviet Union, China, Tibet, Burma, many communist countries in Africa and South America.

But eventually, the power of guns will have to be changed by the will of the ordinary people.
As Dalai Lama said, “We have a big war going on today between world peace and world war, between the force of mind and force of materialism, between democracy and totalitarianism.” To fight these big wars the common ordinary people in this modern age need Gandhism.

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