Ruing the general feeling among politicians that Gandhism would not work in
the present day world, Mahatma Gandhi's grand daughter Sumitra Gandhi Kulkarni
today said Gandhian principles are the only answer to bring about peace.
Recalling her conversation with a former Congress President who she did not name, Kulkarni said "he told me Gandhism will not work in today's world. It does not hold any meaning today. It is unfortunate this is the general feeling among politicians today," she said.
However one must keep in mind that if some peace and harmony was to be brought in today's complicated world, it is only by following Gandhian principles of truth and non violence, she said, addressing a gathering during the release of a book on her
"When we talk about non-violence, it is not just abstaining from physical violence but from violence in the mind, violent thinking and abstaining from emotions like jealousy, avarice and corruption".
Overwhelmed by the love showered on her by the people of Kerala, where she had made her home for the past 18 years, the octogenarian said while she was connected to the Mahatma physically, "you all are his grandchildren... You remember him to this day over 60 years after Independence and are connected to him spiritually".
She said to some extent she had imbibed the values of her grandparents, being with them till the age of 18 in Sabarmati Ashram.
Echoing similar sentiments, former Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said
while Mahatma Gandhi epitomised how a person with strong values can become a
strength for society, "we are moving in the opposite direction of Gandhian
"We politicians who can only make announcements and speeches must do some introspection, reflect on ourselves", he said.
Gowda said the Gandhian tenets of truth and non-violence is giving way to terrorism and corruption. It is in this scenario that a book like this would make people introspect and hopefully bring about some change, Gowda said.
"It is necessary to revive Gandhian values in today's world," he said, adding he would write to Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to ensure that such a book is released by the Karnataka Goverment.
Congress leader and former Chairman of the Karnataka Legislative Council V R Sudarshan emphasised the need to follow the Gandhian principles in today's context.
Pamaraj Dandavate, Associate Editor of Prajavani, a Kannada daily and author of the book "A Gem of the Mahatma Family in Karnataka", described Sumitra Gandhi as a "living example of Gandhian principles" and said it was necessary to inculcate these principles in everyday life.