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West meets east: on how Gandhian ethics works across culture

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Gandhian ethics, social work

Abstract (summary)

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly called Mahatma ("Great Soul") and known as the Father of the Nation of India, was a visionary and determined individual who dared to challenge and triumph over the imperial power of Britain using his principles of nonviolence. His life and message gave a new impetus to a peaceful and humane means of approaching social and political issues of humankind. Gandhi influenced great leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr, and Nelson Mandela in their pursuit of freedom, and his teachings continue to influence new generations on building peace at both individual and community realms. It is no wonder that many found his life and ideals close so inspiring; indeed, Albert Einstein famously said, on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's seventieth birthday, "Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth."

Publication Information

Baiju, P.V. (2017). West Meets East: On how Gandhian Ethics Works Across Culture. In Spencer E., Massing D., Gough J. (Eds.) Social Work Ethics in Action: A Progressive and Process-Oriented Approach. (pp. 190-202). Toronto: OUP.



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