ARTICLES : Relevence of Gandhi

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Relevance of Gandhi

  1. Global Peace in the Twenty First Century: The Gandhian Perspective
  2. Relevance of Gandhi in Modern Times
  3. Gandhi is Alive and Still Relevant
  4. Taking up Sarvodaya As Our Duty
  5. Gandhi Will Live On
  6. Mahatma Gandhi Today
  7. The Influence of Mahatma Gandhi
  8. Gandhi's Message and His Movement 50 Years Later
  9. The Relevance of Gandhi
  10. Good Bye Mr. Gandhi- Awaken Thy Moral Courage
  11. Relevance of Gandhian Ideals In The Scheme of Value Education
  12. Gandhi And The Twenty First Century Gandhian Approach To Rural Industrialization
  13. Gandhi's Role And Relevance In Conflict Resolution
  14. Gandhi In Globalised Context
  15. The Gandhian Alternatives And The Challenges of The New Millennium
  16. Gandhian Concept For The Twenty First Century
  17. Champions of Nonviolence
  18. Science And Technology In India: What Can We Learn From Gandhi?
  19. Passage From India: How Westerners Rewrote Gandhi's Message
  20. Time To Embark On A Path To New Freedom
  21. Increasing Relevance of The Mahatma
  22. Gandhi's Challenge Now
  23. The Legacy of Gandhi In The Wider World
  24. Quintessence of Gandhiji's Thought
  25. Recalling Gandhi
  26. Mohandas Gandhi Today
  27. The Relevance of Gandhian Satyagraha in 21st Century
  28. Relevance of Non-Violence & Satyagraha of Gandhi Today
  29. India, Gandhi And Relevance of His Ideas In The New World
  30. Relevance of Gandhi's Ideas
  31. The Influence of Mauritius on Mahatma Gandhi
  32. Why Gandhi Still Matters
  33. The Challenge of Our Time: Building Sustainable Communities
  34. What Negroes Can Learn From Gandhi
  35. Relevance of Gandhi
  36. Towards A Non-violent, Non-killing And Peaceful World : Lessons From Gandhi
  37. Gandhian Perspective on Violence And Terrorism
  38. GANDHI - A Perennial Source of Inspiration
  39. An Observation on Neo-modern Theories of Global Culture
  40. The Techno-Gandhian Philosophy
  41. Global Peace Movement and Relevance of Gandhian View
  42. Technology : Master or Servant?
  43. Gandhis of Olive Country
  44. Gandhian Strategy
  45. The Effect of Mass Production and Consumerism
  46. Gandhi's Relevance Is Eternal And Universal
  47. Service To Humanity
  48. Relevance of Gandhi: A View From New York
  49. Gandhi And Contemporary Social Sciences
  50. India After The Mahatma
  51. Pax Gandhiana : Is Gandhian Non-Violence Compatible With The Coercive State?
  52. GANDHI : Rethinking The Possibility of Non-Violence
  53. Aung San Suu Kyi : In Gandhi's Footsteps
  54. Gandhi: Call of The Epoch
  55. Localization And Globalization
  56. Significance of Gandhi And Gandhism
  57. Understanding GANDHI
  58. Gandhi, Peace And Non-violence For Survival of Humanity

Further Reading

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  1. Why Did Gandhi Fail?
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  2. Gandhi's Political Significance Today
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  3. India Yet Must Show The Way
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  4. The Essence of Gandhi
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  5. The Impact of Gandhi on U. S. Peace Movement
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Relevance of Gandhian Ideals In The Scheme of Value Education

By P. I. Devraj & Shyamala K.

P. I. Devraj is a Lecturer in Philosophy, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala. He has done his Ph.D. research work on "Neo-Vedantism of Swami Vivekananda."
Shyamala K. is a holder of a doctoral degree in philosophy and is currently a librarian at the Spring Valley School at the regional Engineering College Campus, Calicut.

The importance of providing value education is felt necessary today because the present system of education cannot contribute much to the individual and social development. Value-oriented education does not mean preaching of mere moral sciences or propagating particular religious tenets, but it is imparting knowledge of values considered functional for both individual as well as society.
Gandhi's philosophical, religious, economic and social approach and a number of contemporary Gandhian perspectives are relevant to an understanding of human values and social change today. By Gandhian ideals in the education policy, we will be able to inspire the whole world by his ideas of truth, nonviolence, peace and love.
Gandhi frequently asserted that mass illiteracy is a curse that hampers the development of a nation. He wrote: " I am a firm believer in the principle of free and compulsory primary education for India". Gandhi felt that education should not only increase knowledge but also develop culture in heart and hand. Another of Gandhi's interests lay in character building. Education without character building was not education according to him. He considered a strong character as the basic of a good citizen. So the issues of character building through value-based education on the one hand and that of integrating science and technology on the other hand have to go together.
So we, in the contemporary situation, have to draw a balanced evaluation of science because its progress has a great role to play in determining the directions of value education.
In order to bring about social change we have to channelize human values through education. Truth and nonviolence can generate human values. Declaring the importance of nonviolence, he said: "Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my reed."1 He further added: "Without Ahimsa it is not possible to seek and find truth, Ahimsa and truth are so intertwined that it is practically impossible to disintegrate and separate them. They are like the two sides of the same coin."2
Development of peace and security through cooperation seems to be essential for the modern society's progress and prosperity. This is possible because values and improvement are intertwined.
Value education in the sense of gaining knowledge of values is not enough but have to be realized and loved by selecting the values which are relevant and best suited to the needs of our country. Gandhi infused in us a hope through his ideals of love, tolerance, truth, nonviolence and service of mankind which are even more relevant today than they were in his own time and they will continue to exercise a lasting influence in our society.
It may be said that the foundations of an ideal civilization as conceived by Gandhi was based on Truth and Nonviolence as the integrally related means and ends. They are values central to any society because all human relations in the social, political as well as economic spheres are influenced by them in one way or the other. They are to be the standards and goals of our society. These can also become the foundations of a more peaceful and happy world order which is very much the need of mankind today.

Notes and References

  1. Young India, 23 March 1922,p.166
  2. M. K. Gandhi, From Yeravda Mandir (Ahmedabad: Navjivan Publishing house, 1935), pp.8-9