Monday, October 13, 2008

Gandhi's foresight in nature conservation and model of development

Gandhi was ahead of rest of the world by nearly half a century in realizing that the extreme consumerist development models of west can destroy nature as well as ourselves. Scientists today acknowledge that view after decades of research. Following article from BBC is an example of relevance of Gandhi's thoughts in today's world on how the models of development should respect nature.

This article begins by: "In 1928, Mahatma Gandhi observed: "God forbid that India should ever take to industrialisation after the manner of the West.

"The economic imperialism of a single tiny island kingdom (the UK) is today keeping the world in chains. If an entire nation of 300 million took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts."

More than half a century before anyone had even considered the term "sustainable development", Mahatma Gandhi warned of the dangers facing a rapidly developing world.

Almost 80 years later, the population of India has quadrupled, and the US - the world's greatest over-consumer - has a population of 300 million.

The risks prophesised by Gandhi have started to come true."

To these I would like to add another apt quote of Gandhi. "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed."

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