Gandhian economics does not teach equality. It teaches oneness. Equality is the result of oneness, not a method of proceeding. It is a policy outcome, not policy itself. This confusion has caused quite a muddle in our thinking.
Equality means two things are equal. In that mathematical construction of the relationship we create separation. If I say, "you are my equal," I am immediately setting up a separation of "us" into two parts, viz. you and me.
In his beautiful and wise commentary on the Bhagavad Gita Gandhiji says:
"It is only if we have faith in our hearts that, although we exist as separate beings, we are all one--it is only then that we can feel a sense of equality. Otherwise, even two leaves are not equal."*
Friends, do we have the courage to see that we live in just such a world, where even two leaves are not equal, and that Gandhiji gave us a clear economic methodology of action rooted in the Bhagavad Gita emphasizing oneness.
It is incumbent upon us to adopt this simple approach and allow for the flowering of a new, whole human being and a new, whole society.
*See especially the edition published by Jaico Publishing House, Mumbai, 2010
Posted by Abhay Burjor Ghiara at 9/27/2015