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The Philosopher


Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy and principles not only inspired the birth of a Nation but guided future generations worldwide. His philosophy, sometimes referred to as Gandhism, is particularly associated with his contributions to the idea of nonviolent resistance, search for truth, the nature of an individual and his or her search for strength.

The entire crux of his philosophy rested on the search of satya or truth – he believed that the Truth must pervade all considerations of politics. Gandhi was a strong believer in Ahimsa. Ahimsa is the concept of kindness and non-violence towards all living things. Ahimsa has always been deeply rooted in Indian Philosophy and is an important aspect of most Indian Religions. The concept of Ahimsa preaches practicing non-violence in all aspects of life, although, it does recognize that self-defense may be necessary in certain situations.

Gandhi also believed in the ideals of simple living, self-reliance and discipline – ideals which he practiced in his daily life. His philosophy influenced many great leaders who followed him in the past century. Be it Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela or Aung San Suu Kyi – many have followed the footsteps of Gandhi's philosophy of non-violent civil dis-obedience and changed the destinies of their nations. Even today aspects of Gandhi's non-violent revolutions can be seen in some of the peaceful upheavals that took place during the Arab Spring.