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Gandhian Trusteeship was an ‘Instrument of Human Dignity’. Elaborate.

Topics: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators


7. Gandhian Trusteeship was an ‘Instrument of Human Dignity’. Elaborate. (150 words)


Difficulty Level: Moderate


Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Philosophical Mondays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.

Key Demand of the question: To explain about the trusteeship of Mahatma Gandhi and its aim of protecting dignity of beings over materialism.


Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:


Start by defining the core idea of trusteeship philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.


Further elaborate the concept of trusteeship with examples from Gandhian times to contemporary times. Gandhi’s economic ideas were part of his general crusade against poverty, exploitation against socio-economic injustice, and deteriorating moral standards.

He wanted to liberate the modern economic philosophy from the quagmire of materialism and bring it to a higher spiritual plane. Human actions were motivated by social objectives of the protection of human rights.


End the answer by stressing the need and importance of trusteeship in present times.