Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
7. ”Gandhi’s ecological intelligence warned us of making a cult of materialism that will recoil on itself and have what we consume, consume us.” Elaborate. (250 words)
Reference: Hindustan Times
Why this question:
The question is based on the article that brings us insights on the way Mahatma Gandhi handled such Pandemics in the past with limited resources and different conditions.
Key demand of the question:
One has to explain in detail the relevance of Gandhian ecological intelligence in today’ times.
Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly set the context of the question.
To start with, explain how in times of a health crisis, Mahatma Gandhi showed exceptional care and extreme sternness. Quote the examples of South African plague that he handled. Explain that Gandhi’s ecological intelligence warned us of making a cult of materialism that will recoil on itself and have what we consume, consume us. That is staring us in the face today. It is challenging us to see its logic and adopt it. Greed — market-created, market-driven, market-manipulated — cares little for hygiene, for the callous zoonotic origins of sickness that experts such as Srinath Reddy have been warning about for years. That greed has got us by the throat now.
Conclude with the need to recognise significance of Gandhian ecological intelligence and necessarily apply it.