Relevance of gandhi

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Relevance of gandhi

  1. 1. Is Gandhi relevant? Dr. Mrinal Chattejee Professor Indian Institute of Mass Communicatin MC/10
  2. 2. Is Gandhi relevant today? <ul><li>What does that mean? </li></ul>
  3. 3. That means <ul><li>Were his insights into the nature of modern civilisation right? </li></ul><ul><li>Does his vision of the ideal society stand the test of time? </li></ul><ul><li>Are his political and economic prescriptions valid today? </li></ul><ul><li>Should humanity move along the Gandhian route? </li></ul>MC/10
  4. 4. Critics say, he is not <ul><li>And they have their arguments </li></ul>
  5. 5. Their argument <ul><li>&quot;(His critics) argue that his basically conservative, puritanical, pro-bourgeois and pacifist thought hindered the development of radical political movements, harmed the cause of the Dalits, burdened the Indian psyche with a paralysing sense of guilt about economic development, hampered the emergence of a strong and powerful state, created a national schizophrenia about the need to acquire and exercise political power and perpetuated unrealistic and confused ideas about human sexuality.&quot; </li></ul>MC/!0
  6. 6. The Marxists have their own reservations. Gandhi’s rejection of a technological society ran counter to the Marxist vision of technological progress. MC/10
  7. 7. 5 points Why Gandhi is relevant in present times MC/10
  8. 8. 1. Non-violence <ul><li>His entire political strategy, satyagraha, ahimsa and fasting was based on the superiority of 'soul force' to physical force. He once said: &quot;Nonviolence… means the pitting of one's whole soul against the will of the tyrant. </li></ul>
  9. 9. &quot;An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.&quot;
  10. 10. 2. Equality <ul><li>Gandhi envisaged an equal and egalitarian society. </li></ul>MC/10
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  12. 12. 3. Sustainability <ul><li>Dr E.F. Schumacher, author of the classic critique on modern economics, Small is Beautiful , who called Gandhi the greatest 'people's economist', says: &quot;Gandhi abhorred the industrial civilisation because it was based on callous exploitation of non-renewable resources. It made bodily welfare the sole object of life, which reduced man to nothing but a clever animal.&quot; </li></ul>
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  14. 14. “ The world has everything to fulfil our need, but it cannot meet our greed” MC/10
  15. 15. 4. Respect for all religion <ul><li>In the Indian context the most relevant of his teaching was respect for all religions, a must if India is to survive.&quot; </li></ul>
  16. 16. 5. Vision for India.. <ul><li>Village-based economy </li></ul><ul><li>Individual-centric political system </li></ul>
  17. 17. ..and world <ul><li>A world that respects all religions and synthesises the essential truth in each. A world that operates on the spiritual principle of the unity and divinity of all that lives. A world focused on the welfare of the other. A world of peace, love, nonviolence, equality, compassion. A world that lives in harmony with itself and with the environment. </li></ul>
  18. 18. In a world increasingly enamoured with technology and good-living on one hand and giving in to violence on the other, perhaps it is time to rediscover the Mahatma MC/10
  19. 19. Gandhi showed that idealism is practical, which makes him eternally relevant. MC/10
  20. 20. ' ' If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought and acted inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore Gandhi at our own risk.&quot; -Martin Luther King Jr MC/10
  21. 21. “ Gandhi is not the past, he is the future. He is an early sign of what we can be.&quot; MC/10
  22. 22. Thank You www.mrinalchatterje.in [email_address] MC/10
  23. 23. Reference <ul><li>www.gandhifoundation.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.lifepositive.com/spirit/masters/mahatma-gandhi/gandhi.asp </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.nif.org.in/Mahatma_Gandhi_Memorial_Oration </li></ul>

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