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Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 72, 2018

Social Philosophy

Hari Shankar Upadhyaya
Pages 153-157

The Notion of Non–violence (ahimsa) in Gandhian Thought

This paper deals with relevance of non-violence in changing scenario of globalizing society. Gandhiji practiced non-violence in all walks of life, which is specially based on Bhagavadgita. He advocated non-violence qua Anasaktiyoga and conceived that the concepts of Ramarajya, Sarvodaya, Svadeshi, Sarvadharmsambhava, etc. are derived from non-violence. In its culmination, non-violence becomes identical with compassion, love, detachment and self-control. He confined non-violence not only in spiritual sphere but also in socio-political and economic spheres of life. Now as a result of globalization, the market forces have captured political economy. It has wid-ened world-wide disparity between rich and poor. Consequently disharmony, exploitation, terrorism and unrest have appeared in social phenomena. The non-violence must be adopted as the ethics of globalization to resolve these problems and also to bring all humanity under one world and one religion, i.e., humanism. This will be a paradigm shift in the domain of politics which focuses on changing of hearts and attitudes of people to convert them into a family. This is the noble mission for whom Gandhiji lived, fought and sacrificed himself for the sake of humanity and eternal peace on the earth.

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