The 73-year-old 18-point constructive programme was first written by Mahatma Gandhi in 1945. It summarises the main priorities for the independent India.
With the aim of reviving the conversations about Mahatma Gandhi’s 18-point constructive programme, Pan-India along with associates and youth volunteers have launched a new initiative. This initiative is called the National Agenda Forum (NAF) which is said to take Gandhi’s spirit forward by paying him a tribute on his 150th birth anniversary next year. The agenda will also will allow the nation to embrace Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings and help them ‘set an agenda for India in 2019’ by voting for the correct leader in Lok Sabha elections.
The 18-point programme, first ideated in 1945, revolves around communal amity, prohibition, education, sanitation, health, uplift of women, adivasis, farmers and lepers, removal of untouchability, propagation of khadi, a national and provincial languages, along with other aspects. The Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) will be taking this agenda as campaigns across the nation and adopt it as a ‘party manifesto’. IPAC is looking forward to active participation from the citizens for the agenda. In order to bring back Gandhi’s plan, IPAC is seeking the best leader.
The voting lines are supposed to open on 11th July, the results will be announced on Independence day by IPAC. Reportedly, meetings will be conducted with the leader following the results between September and October this year. From October 2018 to January 2019, the agenda will be taken forward to the nation. The final stage of IPAC’s timeline will be in January-February 2019 when the agenda will be the part of the official manifesto of the party. According to IPAC’s website, 15,749 associates from 1525 colleges have joined the movement to launch NAF. These associates a spread across 499 districts.
Meanwhile, the government has also found 86% of Gandhi chairs non-operational. There are a total of 137 Gandhi sanctioned chairs across institute out of which merely 19 are operational. These chairs focus on Gandhi’s research, policy inputs and his dissemination of philosophy and work. In a meeting on 22nd June, the culture ministry informed the Prime Minister of India that the number of students and researchers on Gandhian thought is noticeably less as compared to the last decade. The government has been facing the challenge to make the Gandhian thought relevant to the youth. It is also said to give credit points to the students involved in community service. It is proposed that one way of taking Gandhi’s philosophies forward it is important to use social media and digital platforms.
No matter what, Gandhi still remains a brand face while his philosophies and researches are finding ways to be relevant again.