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Gandhi's ideologies, teachings about non-violence and Satyagraha

BY: Christine Torcato | Category: Religion | Post Date: 2008-09-06

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Mahatma Gandhi - The Father Of The Nation Of India
BY, Miss Christine Torcato.

Gandhiji is definitely a man of substance. He fulfilled his promise to free the people from the power of the British. He introduced many movements and struggles like The Civil Disobedience Movement, The Dandhi March, The Non-Cooperation Movement, The Poona Pact, Ahimsa, Direct Action, Salt Satyagraha etc. He never took upto violence and never accepted failure in his life.He was a man who believed that everything is possible if complete effort is put into it to achieve the goal.

(A) In Gandhiji's explanation of "Ahimsa" (non-violence) he makes a mention to two types of Ahimsa namely:

(1) Positive Form:
Ahimsa in its Positive Form means love and charity.Ahimsa means loving those who hate you and not simply those who love you.

(2) Negative Form:
Ahimsa in its Negative Form means doing no injury to any living thing either physically or mentally.

(B) Gandhiji's view about Non - Violence is that it requires a great deal of discipline, courage, and bravery.Non - Violence means refraining oneself from beating or killing someone.However sometimes some situations leads a person to take upto arms and ammunitions to defend and honour the country.

(C) Gandhiji's view about Religion is that it underlies all the religions.It cannot be equated with one particular religion.It harmonizes all the religions and gives them a reality.He therefore compares a true and perfect religion with a tree which has a single trunk and many branches and leaves. Therefore I would say that a true religion is only one and it becomes many as it passes through the human media.

(D) Gandhiji view about Basic Education is that he realized that one of the ways in which basic human rights could be restored is by the provision of the equality of opportunity for all the sections of the society in the field of education. He was concerned with the education of the mind, body and spirit.

According to him literacy was not the primary aim of education.He was attracted towards the idea of oral communication and knowledge.There is a need to acquire basic skills in literacy and numeracy. These two things should go hand in hand with the creative activity in the field of handicrafts.

(E) Now let us take a glance to Satyagraha a term which was first suggested by one of his followers in South Africa.Satyagraha means holding to truth.Thus the concept of Satyagraha gave practical expression to the religious ideas of truth and non-violence.

(F) Gandhji also laid his view down on National Language. Gandhiji formulated some of his language principles as early as 1908.He felt that national language should be easy for the government officials to learn as well as the whole of the country. Gandhiji was a great freedom fighter of the country.

(E) Now let us take a glance to Satyagraha a term which was first suggested by one of his followers in South Africa. Satyagraha means holding to truth.Thus the concept of Satyagraha gave practical expression to the religious ideas of truth and Non-violence.

So my dear friends what is essential for you to do is to decide after reading this article whether each one of you would like to be a follower of Gandhiji or a follower of Mussolini.

The decision lies entirely upon you it is all yours.

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