Vol 8 Issue 1 January 2021-February 2021
Mr. Bapi Das, Prof. (Dr.) Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Mr. Biswajit Biswas
Abstract: Gandhianism starts with the famous line – ‘Simple living and high thinking’. This itself is also suggestive of the fact that thoughts of an individual have a great role in shaping his/ her life. That’s why gandhianism appears to be simple to everyone but in real sense practicing it in day to day life is difficult. Truth, the core values of Gandhian philosophy, has been given a special importance by Gandhiji as he himself has tried to remain truthful throughout his life. The autobiography of this great saint – ‘ My experiments with Truth’ testimonies the love of Gandhiji for truth. Gandhian view of truth was irreversible in different contexts irrespective of the urgency of the situation similar to the path followed by Immanuel Kant. This principle of truthfulness to self and to the world is essential for students in the present context to excel in future life.
The secular ideologies of Gandhiji are not only there in Indian constitution but also there in Indian society as a core value system. Gandhianism was tolerant towards all religions and the world today needs more and more religiously and faith wise tolerant people in societies where violence is committed in the name of religion. Gandhian idea of decentralization of power can be implemented in democracies through empowered local self governments at grass root level. Socialism is another basic philosophical entity of Gandhianism. Although Gandhian view of socialism is not radical in its approach but it aspires for a classless society with no poverty, no hunger, no unemployment and education and health for all. These Gandhian ideologies have become the lighthouse for Indian policy makers over the years.On ethical and behavioural part Gandhianism has much significance today because society is witnessing the degradation of values. Gandhian virtues of self control is much needed in a materialistic world driven by the desire to achieve and acquire more. Gandhiji and Gandhianism are always more than what we know. Gandhiji’s political contributions offered us Independence but his ideologies enlighten India as well as the world even today after so many years. Perhaps this was known to Nobel prize winner Rabindranath Tagore in those days and he had rightly called Gandhiji as Mahatma.
Keywords: Truth, Non-Violence, Satyagraha, Democracy, Basic Education, Values.
Title: Relevance of Gandhian Educational Thought and Philosophy in Present Social Context
Author: Mr. Bapi Das, Prof. (Dr.) Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Mr. Biswajit Biswas
International Journal of Novel Research in Humanity and Social Sciences