Modi calls for ideas to promote Gandhian ideals in anNYTop-ed piece
Observing that Mahatma Gandhi envisioned Indian nationalism as one that was never narrow or exclusive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday proposed what he called the ‘Einstein Challenge’ to ensure that Gandhiji’s ideals are remembered by future generations. Mr. Modi said this in an op-ed in The New York Times as he paid glowing tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, describing him as the “best teacher” and “the guiding light” who continues to give courage to millions globally and uniting those who believe in humanity. “As a tribute to Gandhi, I propose what I call the Einstein Challenge. We know Albert Einstein’s famous words on Gandhi: ‘Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth’,” Mr. Modi wrote in the op-ed titled ‘Why India and the World Need Gandhi’. “How do we ensure the ideals of Gandhi are remembered by future generations? I invite thinkers, entrepreneurs and tech leaders to be at the forefront of spreading Gandhi’s ideas through innovation.”
The op-ed ends with a call to the world to work shoulder to shoulder to end hate, violence and suffering.
“That is when we will fulfil Mahatma Gandhi’s dream, summed up in his favourite hymn, ‘Vaishnava Jana To’, which says that a true human is one who feels the pain of others, removes misery and is never arrogant. The world bows to you, beloved Bapu!” Mr. Modi wrote. The Prime Minister said that for Gandhi, independence was not absence of external rule, but a deep link between political independence and personal empowerment. “He envisioned a world where every citizen has dignity and prosperity… Gandhi gave us the doctrine of trusteeship, which emphasised the socio-economic welfare of the poor. Inspired by that, we should think about a spirit of ownership. We, as inheritors of the earth, are responsible for its well-being, including that of the flora and fauna with whom we share our planet,” Mr. Modi said. “In Gandhi, we have the best teacher to guide us. From uniting those who believe in humanity to furthering sustainable development and ensuring economic self-reliance, Gandhi offers solutions to every problem,” he wrote.
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