Virtues, vices, and character
Part of: GS Mains IV – Ethics and Essay
On Chinese actions at the border, PM Modi quoted a Sanskrit sloka that reveals a country’s character based on its actions.
“Vidya vivaad dhanam madaya, shakti pareshan paripeedanaya. Khalasya sadho vipareetam etat, gyaanaya, daanaya cha rakshanam”.
English translation – “For crooked persons, knowledge is meant for arguments, wealth for ego, power for troubling others. The opposite is the case among noble souls. Knowledge is meant for wisdom, wealth for donation and power to protect the weak”.