Exploitation is a universal phenomenon. The poor indigo farmers were exploited by the British landlords to which Gandhiji objected. Even after our independence

Question: Exploitation is a universal phenomenon. The poor indigo farmers were exploited by the British landlords to which Gandhiji objected. Even after our independence, we find exploitation in the unorganised labour sector. What values do we learn from Gandhiji’s campaign to counter the present-day problems of exploitation? [CBSE Delhi 2013]

Answer: The weak are exploited and the strong prey on them is a universal fact. In the case of the poor illiterate indigo farmers, they were exploited by the British landlords. Gandhiji objected to it and freed the farmers from the agreement and brought an end to indigo sharecropping. In his manner of tackling the issue, he went stepwise: 

(1) he gathered information 

(2) fearlessly he stated his points 

(3) in the final negotiations he did not bother about the money; 

it was the submission of the opponent’s pride and prestige. Similarly, we can proceed with such issues as Gandhiji’s method of solving the problem has a universality about it. Today we can follow it this way: one must be fully aware of one’s weaknesses and must try to overcome them, find ways of getting justice, never give in to any kind of exploitation, if trapped try to come out of it wisely, get united when in trouble and seek help. Do not compromise your self-respect, values or dignity at any cost. Try to come out of the darkness of ignorance as soon as possible. Mistakes once made, must not be repeated.


Question: Exploitation is a universal phenomenon. The poor indigo farmers were exploited by the British landlords to which Gandhiji objected. Even after our independence, we find exploitation in the unorganised labour sector. What values do we learn from Gandhiji’s campaign to counter the present-day problems of exploitation? [CBSE Delhi 2013]


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