Gandhian Concept Of Human Equality: An Ideal Social Order To Resolve Conflicts
BUSINESS ECONOMICS|September 16-31, 2019
The Gandhian thought is based on the eternal truth.
Dr. Ravindra Kumar

The reality of indivisible whole is at the root of Gandhiji’s ideas. It is, therefore, dedicated to the universal unity. Every creature, movable-immovable thing, and interdependence of all forms of life, thus, all fall under one unit. It is the ultimate truth of the Universe. Due to the dedication to this eternal truth –ardent belief in this perpetual reality, the Gandhian ideas become profoundly sublime in practice and they outshine many similar thoughts developed in the world from time-to-time. This reality makes the Gandhian ideas all-timely significant if they are adopted in their most relevant form as per the demand of time and space, keeping their basic spirit intact.

Connection of the Gandhian thought –Gandhi-Vichar with the truth of universal unity–‘indivisible wholeʼ and reality of interdependence of all elements of the Universe could be well comprehended from write ups of Mahatma Gandhi himself, views he expressed from time-to-time publicly and statements he issued on various occasions. On almost all the occasions, this truth could be realised predominantly latent in the statements of Gandhiji. In this regard, some of his significant statements are worth quoting here.

About the universal unity–the eternity of ‘indivisible wholeʼ, Gandhiji says clearly, “The forms are many, but the informing spirit is one. How can there be room for distinction...where there is this all-embracing fundamental unity underlying the outward diversity. For that is a fact meeting you at every step in daily life...the final goal of all...is to realise this essential oneness.” (Harijan, December 15, 1933)

Talking about the spiritual-moral law working at the universal level Mahatma Gandhi says, “I do not believe that the spiritual works on a field of its own. On the contrary, it expresses itself only through the ordinary activities of life. It, thus, affects the economic, the social and the political fields.” (Young India, September 3, 1925)

Mahatma Gandhi, accepting the reality of unity of men and all creatures, points out, “I believe in the essential unity of man and, for that matter, of all that lives.” (Young India, April 4, 1924)

About the unity of the whole of humanity Gandhiji has said, “Mankind is one, seeing that all are equally subject to moral law.” (Ethical Religion, p. 5)

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