Relevance of Gandhian Principles today:-
Accordingly, in his early writings and speeches Mahatma Gandhi emphasised that while both men and women were equal, “women’s education should differ from men’s as their nature and functions do”. Home management and the care of children were of vital importance, and while women were not to be kept in ignorance, “it is tyrannical to burden them with work which is ordinarily done by men”. Ideally girls were to be trained to be good wives and nurturant mothers; “gradually”, wrote Gandhi in 1917, “it should be possible to introduce women to the subjects of politics and social reform”. It was thus not long before Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was asking women who had gathered to hear him speak to give up wearing foreign material and dedicate themselves to the principles of swadesh (of one’s country). Spinning yarn on the charkha or indigenous spinning wheel was an effective way of doing one’s duty or dharma.
The Gandhian Principles they follows;-
1) Live a simple, frugal life, as Gandhi did, taking pleasure in those things that bring joy and happiness to others, as well as to yourself.
2) Stand up for what is right using non-violence. By speaking out against tyranny and oppression, you are a voice for change, but you must keep your actions pure to retain respect for your cause. Resorting to violence to achieve your goals destroys the integrity of your intent.
3) Seek to understand the religious beliefs of others and respect them. Understand that spiritual beliefs are the underpinnings of many cultures. Realize that the common factors of love, charity and forgiveness are a stronger common bond than the differences in religious dogma.
4) Treat every individual you encounter with respect. They, like you, must deal with the day-to-day anxiety and trials of life. Try to put yourself in their shoes before you judge them.
5) Contribute as much as you can towards making the world a better place for your fellow human beings and for those who will live long after you are gone. Donate your time, labor and monetary resources to implement programs designed to help those less fortunate than yourself.
6) Forgive those who harm you instead of seeking revenge. Violence begets more violence. Be the one to break the cycle and seek a peaceful resolution.
7) Realize that being a pacifist does not mean you are weak. To the contrary, it means you are strong enough to follow through with integrity despite the temptation to sink to your oppressor's level.
8) Study more about Gandhi's philosophical system of non-violence, known as Satyagraha, at your public library. Alternately, share your ideas and learn from others interested in following Gandhi's beliefs on an online message board dedicated to his philosophy and his memory.