As the nation gears towards celebrating the150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) aims to resurrect the conversation around Gandhi ji’s 18-point Constructive Programme, which is as relevant today as it was 73 years back, for the development of our nation. Making the constructive programme public in 1945, Gandhi said, “Readers, whether workers and volunteers or not, should definitely realize that the constructive programme is the truthful and non-violent way of winning Poorna Swaraj. Its wholesale fulfilment is complete Independence.”
In his constructive programme, Gandhi has stressed upon subjects which holds significance for people across all sections of the society. He also invited readers to make additions to the list with issues that they believe should be key priorities for our country. Gandhi ji said, “My list does not pretend to be exhaustive; it is merely illustrative. The reader will see several new and important additions.”
I-PAC along with its associates and volunteers is attempting to take the agenda forward and has setup a platform, National Agenda Forum (NAF), where citizens can come together to re-imagine and co-create an actionable agenda for contemporary India, using Gandhi’s Constructive Progamme as their inspiration. When Gandhiji released the 18-point constructive programme he invited all 40 crore Indians to come together and work towards the betterment of India, “Imagine all the 40 crores of people busying themselves with the whole of the constructive programme which is designed to build up the nation from the very bottom upward“. Incidentally, India currently has 40 crore net-izens, who can come together through the NAF and help realize Gandhiji’s dream.
NAF allows the citizens set an actionable agenda and choose a leader who they believe can fulfil the selected agenda. People can also choose to work towards getting the selcted agenda adopted by the leader’s party, and then help the Leader win the next General Elections.
NAF was launched on June 29, 2018 by more than 25,000 youth volunteers from 2,200 colleges spread over 600 districts across India, who came together to create awareness around Gandhiji’s 18-point Constructive Programme, set an actionable agenda for contemporaty India, choose the leader who is best suited to execute the chosen agenda, and help the selected leader winthe next General Elections.
During his lifetime Gandhiji asked students to “find time” for “working out the programme” and give one year to the nation and the effort would in turn “add to their equipment, mental, moral and physical, and they will have made even during their studies a substantial contribution to the freedom movement.” And following the same lines, I-PAC is encouraging the youth to participate in the nation-building exercise.
You can find every single information about NAF on the following link: https://www.indianpac.com/naf/. Vote for the change now!