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Discuss the ideas of Empathy as suggested and practiced by Mahatma Gandhi also comment on its relevance in today’s times.

Topic : Empathy

6. Discuss the ideas of Empathy as suggested and practiced by Mahatma Gandhi also comment on its relevance in today’s times.  (250 words )

Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon publications

Why the question:

The question is straightforward and is about Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of empathy and its relevance in today’s times.

Key Demand of the question:

One has to explain the concept of empathy as suggested by Mahatma Gandhi in his due course of life and explain its relevance.

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:

Define what empathy is.

Body:

Explain that Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s thought, feelings and condition from his point of view rather than from our own. Such questions are best explained with examples. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, gave a new dimension to Ahimsa [non-violence]-an eternal, natural and the highest human value, in theory and practice. As the best and true representative of Indian Culture in his own time, Gandhi was a peacemaker’s mentor. Like other mentors of the world who were born from time-to-time on the Indian soil, Gandhi’s ideas and practices became equally adaptable in his own time for millions of his own country on the one hand, and on the other they proved to be the guiding force for people of many countries of the world. In particular, they have provided guidance to those working for freedom and justice. Moreover, they are fully capable of guiding the people today if they are applied accordingly and will continue to do so in the future. Quote Gandhian Talisman and justify.

Conclusion:

Conclude with importance of empathy as proposed by Mahatma Gandhi.