The British used religion as a tool to divide and rule India. Gandhi
attempted to use religion to unite us. The use of religion for
uniting or dividing is dangerous as we now know. RMS, being a self
proclaimed atheist, does not suffer this vice. His modesty is a
blessing for many who distribute GNU/Linux calling it after their own
corporate brand names!
We have pesticides in the soil and water that are refusing to go away,
largely because we forgot the virtue of the Gandhian principles of
non-violence and simple living.
Thiruvalluvar has arranged the parts in Thirukkural as follows:
Virtue -> Wealth -> Pleasure
This is the core of our culture. The time tested truths of
Thiruvalluvar and Avvayar, should be at the core of governance.
Fusing this into the software we write is a real challenge, and it may
produce real results.
Please try to prepare a list of people who live up to the highest
virtues preached by Thiruvalluvar, Avvayar, and Gandhi. I have placed
RMS at the top of the list, as a mahatma the world could admire.