By Ram Mohan,
NIZAMABAD: Unlike other political philosophers Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Father of the Nation, always believed that means and ends were inseparable and both were two sides of a coin. He was of the view that what was morally incorrect could not be politically correct and means should justify ends, according to N.G. Rajurkar, Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science, Osmania University.
Delivering a keynote address at the seminar on the topic of “Mahatma Gandhi: A Political Leader With a Difference” and “Fathullah Gulen: An Inspirer of the Hizmet Movement to Eliminate Illiteracy, Poverty and Polarisation” on Telangana University campus here on Wednesday, he said that Gandhi when he entered freedom movement was an ordinary citizen.
However, over a period of just five years, with his philosophy, thought, preaching and action he influenced millions and millions of people not only in the country but all over the world, he said.
He taught what he practised and practised what he taught. Thus, he became a man of action. Gandhiji’s principles of Satyagraha and Non-Violence were still relevant, said added.
Entire country mourned in true sense only on two occasions. That was when Gandhiji passed away and secondly when the news of Nehru’s death spread. Gandhi never hated anyone and he hatred only the British rule but not the Englishmen. That was the strength of Gandhian philosophy, said the octogenarian professor who had written several books on Gandhi and his thought.
On Fathullah Gulen
The seminar was conducted jointly by the Telangana University and the Indialogue Foundation, Turkey Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mohd. Akbar Ali Khan presided and former Assembly Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy attended as the chief guest. environmentalist Prof. K. Purushotham Reddy, Indialogue Foundation programme coordinator Nurdin Kaparov, Gandhi Global Family, Andhra Pradesh chapter president G. Rajender Reddy and Registrar Prof. D. Ashok also spoke.
Describing Fathullah Gulen of Turkey as living legend and one of the 100 top most intellectuals of world, Kaparov said that the former launched his fight against illiteracy, poverty and polarisation seeing the as very dangerous illnesses.
A nation’s durability depends highly on education and young generation, he said.
Expressing happiness over the decision of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Khan to establish the department of Gandhian Studies in the varsity, Mr. Suresh Reddy said the fledgling varsities were facing so many challenges.