Gandhism is relevent to modern politics, life: Surendra Mohan

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New Delhi, Feb 13 (UNI)The political and social philosophy propounded by Mahatama Gandhi is still relevant to the modern way of life and could act as an antidote to terrorism and violence swamping the world, Janata Dal ideologue and former MP Surendra Mohan said.

Participating in a seminar on 'Gandhi's Model of Politics and Economy' here yesterday, Mr Mohan said ills plaguing the world of today such as climate warming, terrorism, increasing poverty, economic repression and rise of the Raj Thackeray syndrome were emanating from process of power and capital centralisation.

''Gandhi pleaded for an economic model of full employment by expanding irrigation in agriculture, reconstruction of rural infrastructure, land distribution and setting up small village industries'', the former MP added.

But Gandhi's philosophy of decentralisation was given go-by with encouragement to the development of big corporations, prioritisng of industrial strategies, promoting of agri-business companies and chemicals-induced intensive agriculture, all of which resulted in increasing inequalities, big disparities in income and wealth and speculative capital global market and unfair trade practices, he said. This prepared a fertile ground for terrorism and violence stalking the day to day life now, Mr Mohan added.

He said it was wrong to argue that the Gandhian model would have led to backwardness of the economy devoid of any technological advancement. ''An economy full of full employment and provision of all the necessities of life could be called backward but niether destructive of human life nor the physical environment'', he added.

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