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“We are never truly free till we master and understand our own selves”. In light of this statement, discuss Gandhiji’s views on self-development.

Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

1. “We are never truly free till we master and understand our own selves”. In light of this statement, discuss Gandhiji’s views on self-development. (250 words).

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Key demand of the question:

The question wants us to write in detail about the importance of self-development and personality for every individual to realise his/her true potential.

Directive:

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

Introduction:

In a few introductory lines define what is self-development.

Body:

Discuss the importance of self-development.

Discuss Gandhiji’s idea and how he promoted the idea of self-development.

  • Gandhiji’s emphasis on subjecting the body to harsh discipline finds echo in the Indic traditions, which are in a way wary of the deha or the body.
  • Satyagraha, too, at one level, was a relentless pursuit of truth by an individual. If we were to go by its literal meaning in Hindi, then it is a “struggle for truth”.
  • It was as much spiritual as it was political.
  • The individual self and its mastery over its body and its spiritual self thus constituted important elements of the Gandhian discourse on politics.

Conclusion:

based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.