Lofty book of principles

Published: 11th November 2012 12:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2012 02:50 PM   |  A+A-


Seven Social Sins: The Contemporary Relevance

Pages: 167

Imprint: Allied Publishers

Price: Rs 450

Mahatma Gandhi must have had a rare gift of insight. In the midst of India’s freedom struggle, he warned the nation in 1922:  “As we become independent, all the defects of the system of elections, injustice, the tyranny of the richer classes as also the burden of running administration are bound to come upon us”. 

The author, an eminent educationist, discusses the seven deadly sins delineated by him in Young India in 1925 that could ruin India. These were: Commerce without morality; Education without character; pleasure without conscience; Politics without principles; Science without humanity; Wealth without work and Worship without service. Rajput has provided a critical analysis of their importance in contemporary context and their interlinkages.

According to him, after about nine decades every word of Gandhi’s apprehensions is coming true to the hilt. Today, it is power for personal aggrandisement; power for privileges; power for exploitation and power for indulging in blatant corruption unscrupulously.

The book throws light on the uplifting vision of life as well as that of Gandhiji and talks about the lofty ideas of human life and inner spiritual consciousness taught by him. It ponders over the the question of choices people face in life. 

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