Thoughts on Gandhi Jayanti

Postcard of 1955

Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much, recall the face of the poorest and weakest man you have seen, and ask yourself if this step you contemplate is going to be any use to him.

Mahatma Gandhi

These words are probably more relevant today than they were some 60-odd years ago, when Gandhi said them. There is wasteful expenditure on unnecessary development and infrastructure. The millions who are still in poverty and deprivation do not figure in the plans. And of course, nature and the environment are irrelevant. The scare that Covid has given the world has been inadequate to make the government and its agencies review its growth policies. It’s now left to the citizens to stand up and push for what is right.

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