A.P.J Abdul Kalam emphasized the significance of righteousness in a quote, establishing a meaningful connection between the heart, character, nation, and the world.
Definition of Righteousness
- Righteousness refers to the quality of being morally correct and justifiable, serving as the foundation for a harmonious and prosperous society. Various religions prioritize righteousness as a means to an ultimate goal.
- For instance, in Hindu mythologies and texts, righteousness, or dharma, is considered the ideal path and the fundamental duty of every individual.
- Through the aforementioned quote, Kalam lays out a path to foster peace within society. By focusing on individual rejuvenation as the center of all endeavors, he aims to reform and unite the entire society. As an example, during the 3rd century BC, Ashoka propagated the code of Dhamma in his empire, which encompassed the ideal social behavior aimed at promoting peace and prosperity within the kingdom.
- Contemporary society has witnessed a deviation from righteous conduct, leaning more towards materialistic lifestyles. Consequently, this has led to the emergence of various social problems at both individual and societal levels.
- If individuals choose the path of righteousness, they are more likely to spread happiness to others and achieve success in their personal pursuits. This, in turn, contributes to the betterment of their households, indirectly uplifting the entire society. As a result, social issues such as crime, corruption, and mob lynching can be eliminated from society.
- Likewise, a more prosperous society contributes to a more prosperous nation.
- For instance, terrorism has become a grave threat in numerous West Asian countries, posing a danger to global safety and security. Prioritizing the establishment of a righteous order in these nations would contribute to maintaining peace worldwide.
To realize the vision of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” righteousness must prevail in multiple dimensions of society, with an indomitable spirit.