Remedies for gloomy times — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

MANY despair of the gloomy times we are facing in our blessed country: corruption, racial discord, religious acrimony, and much more. To many – no end, no resolution, seems to be in sight.

The world itself faces incredulous challenges as climate change, wars and the subversion of established institutions – like the UN Security Council. Wars are initiated in defiance of established internationally agreed processes; on the basis of bald-faced lies. Leaving in its wake a litany of wasted lives – mainly women and children – murdered through unparalleled sophisticated weaponry. War crimes committed with impunity.

Perhaps it’s time to reflect; and glean wisdom from one of the few colossuses that walked this earth: M. K. Gandhi.

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Evoking the true ‘Mahatma’ spirit

Source: The Star

Gurdial: ‘Will a defiance of Gandhi’s sustained pronouncements on preserving Mother Earth lead to the sixth extinction?’ Pic from the Star.

Gurdial: ‘Will a defiance of Gandhi’s sustained pronouncements on preserving Mother Earth lead to the sixth extinction?’ Pic from the Star.

“I HAVE derived my politics from ethics…It is because I swear by ethics that I find myself in politics,” said Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

Sadly, that is not a statement many state leaders or politicians anywhere in the world can make. Not even the candidates vying for the presidency of one of the superpower nations.

When I grilled a couple of journalists and some people-in-the-street types on any Malaysian they thought could echo Gandhi’s words, the consistent answer was – Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, the Member of Parliament for Sungai Siput.

Asked to identify one trait of Gandhi, most people pick his non-violent stance, satyagraha. That’s not surprising; after all even the United Nations declared his birthday Oct 2 as its International Day of Nonviolence.

But Gandhi was more than this, says Universiti Malaya’s former professor of law Gurdial Singh Nijar, who points out: known as Mahatma (great soul), Gandhi also had plenty to say about the environment, corruption, discrimination and education. Read more