A timid child, he was married at thirteen to a girl of the same age, Kasturbai.
Gandhi delivered an instructive lecture on "Does economic progress clash with real progress? Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya presided]: Kapildeva Malaviya's invitation to speak to you upon the subject of this evening, I was painfully conscious of my limitations.
You are an economic society. I seem to be the only speaker ill-fitted for the task set before him. Frankly and truly, I know very little of economics, as you naturally understand them. Only the other day, sitting at an evening meal, a civilian friend deluged me with a series of questions on my crankisms.
As he proceeded in his cross-examination, I being a willing victim, he found no difficulty in discovering Gandhi economic and moral progress gross ignorance of the matters I appeared to him to be handling with a cocksuredness worthy only of a man who knows not that he knows not.
To his horror and even indignation, I suppose, he found that I had not even read books on economics by such well-known authorities as Mill, Marshall, Adam Smith and a host of such other authors. In despair, he ended by advising me to read these works before experimenting in matters economic at the expense of the public.
He little knew that I was a sinner past redemption. My experiments continue at the expense of trusting friends. For there come to us moments in life when about somethings we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells, "you are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.
That is my position. It may be satisfactory enough for me, but it can in no way answer the requirements of a society such as yours. Still it was no use my struggling against Mr. I knew that he was intent upon having me to engage your attention for one of your evenings.
Perhaps you will treat my intrusion as a welcome diversion from the trodden path. An occasional fast after a series of sumptuous feasts is often a necessity. And as with the body so, I imagine, is the case with the reason. And if your reason this evening is found fasting instead of feasting, I am sure it will enjoy with the greater avidity the feast that Rao Bahadur Pandit Chaddrika Prasad has in store for you for the 12th of January.
Before I take you to the field of my experiences and experiments it is perhaps best to have a mutual understanding about the title of this evening's address. Does economic progress clash with real progress? By economic progress, I take it, we mean material advancement without limit and by real progress we mean moral progress, which again is the same thing as progress of the permanent element in us.
The subject may therefore be stated thus: Does not moral progress increase in the same proportion as material progress? I know that this is a wider proposition than the one before us. But I venture to think that we always mean the larger one even when we lay down the smaller.
For we know enough of science to realise that there is no such thing as perfect rest or repose in this visible universe of ours. If therefore material progress does not clash with moral progress it must necessarily advance the latter.
Nor can we be satisfied with the clumsy way in which sometimes those who cannot defend the larger proposition put their case. They seem to be obsessed with the concrete case of thirty millions of India stated by the late Sir William Wilson Hunter to be living on one meal a day.
They say that before we can think or talk of their moral welfare we must satisfy their daily wants. With these, they say, material progress spells moral progress.
And then is taken a sudden jump: They forget that hard cases make bad law. I need hardly say to you how ludicrously absurd this deduction would be. No one has ever suggested that grinding pauperism can lead to anything else than moral degradation.Dec 04, · In his article regarding the relation's between economic development and moral development “Economic and Moral Progress”(), the nonviolent civil disobedient and charismatic leader Mohandas Gandhi argues how economic progress does not necessarily mean moral progress.
Dec 08, · Mahatma Gandhi, his life, writings and speeches by Mohandas K. Gandhi Economic vs. Moral Progress. Does economic progress clash with real progress? By economic progress, I take it,, we mean material advancement without limit and by real progress we mean moral progress, which again is the same thing as progress .
Gandhi strongly agrees that moral and economic progress does not go hand in hand. He says that economic progress catches more attention than moral progress and when it is grasped, it’s most likely compared to materialistic goods.
Dec 03, · Gandhi does not believe that moral and economic progress are the same he saw them as being opposites. One could describe real or moral progress as the greater good of a country by the positive deeds or actions of its inhabitants, which money or power is not the motivation.
Economic and Moral Progress Persuasive Approach Mohandas k Gandhi was a skilled mediator and powerful spokesman for justice whom he effectively used in his “Economic and Moral Progress” speech. Gandhi uses various appeals from religion and scriptural traditions to persuade his audience on the matters that occurred in India.
Jun 15, · Gandhi states that he knows little of economics but was more that happy to speak on the topic because of his strong belief in the importance of moral progress over economic progress.
Gandhi relies primarily on religious text coupled with all three rhetoric devices to exemplify his argument.