Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hon. Justice K. Chandru, an iconoclastic High Court judge blazes a new trail in the judiciary

Hon. Justice K. Chandru, an iconoclastic High Court judge blazes a new trail in the judiciary

Hats off to this man who retired as Judge of Madras High Court last week. A Judge, who
  • did not want the red capped, silver mace bearing "Dawali" to announce his arrival - which was seen as a symbol of Power and Authority;
  • did not want red beacon in his car;
  • surrendered a sub-inspector ranked personal security guard;
  • did not want to be addressed as "My Lord" in courts;

Thought For The Day ( EQUALITY )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Equality

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Gandhi Journal Article - III

Gandhian concept of Village Development and India's Development Policy

(Special reference to Panchayat Raj)

By Dr. Shubhangi Rathi*
Good governance demands respect for human rights, rule of law, strengthening of democracy, promoting transparency and capacity in public administration. The responsiveness of the state and its institutions to the needs and aspirations of the people, and inclusive citizenship are imperative to good governance. Democracy depends upon the equality of all human beings, their right to participate in social and political transformation and the right to development, to live in dignity. Panchayat Raj is a system and process of good governance. Villages have always been the basic units of administration in India since ancient times. The Gram Sabha can become the cornerstone of the whole Panchayat Raj institutional set-up, thereby the Indian democratic system. So in this paper focus is on Gandhian concept of Panchayat Raj. This is useful to development of India. So in 21st century this concept becomes powerful in the Nation.

Importance of Democratic Decentralization:
Gandhi's concept of democratic decentralization bears the stamp of his passionate belief in non-violence, truth and individual freedom. He calls it Panchayati Raj or village Swaraj. He wants to see each village a little republic, self-sufficient in its vital wants, organically and non-hierarchically linked with the larger spatial bodies and enjoying the maximum freedom of deciding the affairs of the locality. Gandhi wanted political power to be distributed among the villages in India. Gandhi preferred the term ‘Swaraj’ to describe what he called true democracy. This democracy is based upon freedom. Individual freedom in Gandhi’s view, could be maintained only in autonomous, self-reliant communities that offer opportunities to the people for fullest participation.

Thought For The Day ( TRUST )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Trust

Friday, April 5, 2013

Gandhi Journal Article - II

Gandhian Nonviolent Action : A Case Study of Aung San Suu Kyi's Struggle in Myanmar

Gandhi's method of nonviolent action continues to be drawn upon by individuals and movements fighting against the tyranny of violence and oppression in India as well as abroad. Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar is a case in point. Suu Kyi emerged on the scene in 1988 when there were demands for restoration of democracy in Myanmar. She formed the National League for Democracy and led a sustained nonviolent protest against the military junta. Suu Kyi has demonstrated indomitable courage and conviction in the face of all odds—making several personal sacrifices in the fight for democracy—yet remaining nonviolent in letter and spirit. The present paper is an attempt to understand Suu Kyi's nonviolent struggle, her philosophy and beliefs, the circumstances in which she has carried out her resistance movement and the challenges before her.

Thought For The Day ( SATYAGRAHI )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Satyagrahi