Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
7) Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of truth and non-violence emphasizes the use of reform of heart rather than use of violence. In this context discuss the various Gandhian methods and their relevance in modern times.(250 words)
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Why this question:
The question aims to evaluate the relevance of Gandhian principles of truth and non-violence.
Key demand of the question:
Explain with suitable examples the relevance of Gandhian philosophy in modern days.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Highlight the importance of Gandhian philosophy.
Gandhiji’s principle of truth and non-violence emphasizes the use of reform of heart rather than use of violence. One must explain and justify the relevance of the philosophy using an example/case study.
Students must discuss the nature of different forms of violence and factors leading to it. In addition, bring out the relevance of Gandhian principles of truth, Satyagraha, non-violence, proper educational system and religious tolerance, and argue that these principles can be applied in the contemporary situation for reduction of conflict and violence by advancing the welfare of the deprived, protection of environment, promoting peace and understanding among peoples.
Conclude that these principles have a universal validity and have been successfully adopted by several countries and peoples.