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Mahatma Gandhi's 'Gram Rajya' unrealistic in current age: Tharoor

Press Trust of India
May 31, 2013 at 02:44pm IST

Panaji: Mahatma Gandhi's concept of a village-centric development model was an "unrealistic" goal in the current age of globalisation and communication, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said on Friday.

"There is something which is not realistic about Gram Rajya. Mahatma Gandhi spoke about Gram Rajya, which means the village will itself produce all resources it needs," he said, delivering the keynote address at 'Pan-IIM world management conference' here.

"The idea of autonomous village does not hold any realistic view in our lifetime," he noted, adding the current world is of globalisation and increasing communication.

Gandhi's 'Gram Rajya' unrealistic in current age: Tharoor

MoS for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said that this was the age of globalisation and communication.

Union HRD Minister MM Pallam Raju inaugurated the conference which is being attended by 250 delegates. Maintaining that much of the prevailing corruption stems from politicians and politics, Tharoor said ethics can act as an antidote to graft and help in cleansing the system. The UN official-turned-MP emphasised on putting in place a robust institutional framework to ensure educational institutions are not shutdown because they have not paid bribe to politicians.

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