Mahatma Gandhi and Covid-19 Pandemic
Alok Ranjan
The hapless Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the entire Humanity and for most parts of last three years, we were faced with myriad challenges ranging from health, socio-economic disparities and forced migrations. Although signs are clearly on a downward trajectory, new strains of Corona keep making recrudescence. In fact, ‘Pandemic era’ is a new phrase making headlines owing to frequent Virus-induced diseases in the Post-Globalised world. The pertinent issue that obviously comes to the fore is scrutiny of ‘development-model’ being followed and championed by ‘End of Ideology’ propagators in the Post-Globalised world. The triumph of the Western model of governance lays stress on material gains based on hollow Utilitarianism devoid of concerns for the whole ecosystem. The resultant outcome encroaches upon the natural balance in the environment leading to crossing over of Viruses to the Human-settlements in general and persons in particular. This Pandemic also exposed our immune system and ancient Indian practices such as ‘Yoga’ and ‘Ayurveda’ were tendered saviors to some extent. The same could also be factored in India’ low mortality rate’ in comparison to other developed countries despite huge population. For a highly populous country such as India, which has 82% of its population in unorganized Sector as per International Labour Organisation’s report of 2016 and considerable number of people living below poverty line, the pertinent question is- Can we abjure chasing growth? Ethically not, but the ways to make progress definitely needs course-corrections. In fact, We are signatory too to UN Sustainable Development Goals, an amalgamation of highly ambitious 17 goals with the theme ‘Leaving No one behind’. The essence of Gandhian philosophy is ‘Spiritual development’. Gandhi has disdain for Allopathy and recommends Naturopathy. Gandhi in his writings cautions us against community-diseases and talks of purity of water, Air and Food. Therefore, in order to recalibrate our development model, Can we find panacea in Gandhian practices? The ensuing paper is a modest attempt to unravel the same.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 5

Page(s): 716 - 718
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