Narendra Modi writes in New York Times op-ed on guiding light Gandhiji

by National | 02-10-2019 | 1133 views

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday wrote an op-ed in the New York Times to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. PM Modi in his article says Mahatma Gadhi had the unique ability to become a bridge between some of the greatest contradictions in human society.

Mahatma Gandhi envisioned Indian nationalism as one that was never narrow or exclusive but one that worked for the service of humanity. Quoting Albert Einstein, PM Modi proposed the “Einstein Challenge” to ensure that ideals of the Mahatma are remembered by future generations. As a tribute to Gandhi, I propose what I call the Einstein Challenge… How do we ensure the ideals of Gandhi are remembered by future generations? I invite thinkers, entrepreners and tech leaders to be at the forefront of spreading Gandhi’s ideas through innovation, PM Modi wrote in the 931- word piece titled Why India and the World Need Gandhi.

Who else could have created a mass agitation through a pinch of salt, the PM writes, referring to the Dandi March in 1930. PM Modi says Gandhi offers solutions to every problem. In Gandhi, we have the best teacher to guide us, he writes. He also highlighted the government’s big cleanliness initiative this Gandhi Jayanti. The piece ends with a call to the world to work shoulder to end hate, violence and suffering. That is when we will fulfill 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”- PM Modi writes.

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