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MGPE-009: Gandhi in the 21st Century

IGNOU via Swayam

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Mahatma Gandhi has been hailed as the Man of the Twenty-first century. His life and times neatly spreads over three centuries. Born in the latter half of the I9th century, when colonialism spurred by fierce industrialism and consumerism were the dominant ideologies. He develops in the 20th century a comprehensive socio-economic and political theory which embraces every aspect of the life of an individual and society to challenge the prevailing norm. By using his 'self' as a laboratory where he experiments with Truth as a pure scientist, finds solutions for the major problems now confronting humanity in the 21" century. By presenting himself as an example before the world, he showed how his concepts were not only of a Utopia, but also of how to achieve it. Indeed, as we look back on the 20th Century. We can justly claim that one or the most dominant figures of that century was Mahatma Gandhi. What Gandhi himself would have said of the 20th century and of the prospects of the 21" is debatable, for in reality he was in no way "representative" of the times in which he lived, and was in so many ways profoundly out of tune with his contemporaries and their values. It is widely held that of all the revolutionaries who dominated the 20th century, Gandhi alone offered hope for reform both within and without, physical and spiritual without destruction. Unfortunately, unprecedented advances in science and technology have not improved the devastating social and economic conditions of the world's poor. In this course we learn Gandhi’s thoughts, vistas and visions to solve the problems and human challenges of 21st Century. Gandhi's vision covers individual and social transformation, replaces violence by non-violence and stands for harmony between man and nature. His thought transverse the span between the micro, the individual and the world community, men and women, across religious, linguistic and racial barriers, the spiritual and material, health and hygiene, polities and ethics, ecology and economics, right and duties, defence and development. His wide ranging philosophy hardly left anything untouched. He saw life as a whole and saw it steadily. This course will engage Gandhian approach to resolve the contentious issues of 21st Century as well.Course Credit4





Unit-1 Understanding Globalisation and its Ramifications-I (Economic and Technology)


Unit-2 Understanding Globalisation and its Ramifications-II (Social, Political and Cultural)


Unit-3 Livelihood / Culture / LifeStyle and Environment


Unit-4 Gandhi’s Vision of a Global Order


Unit-5 Gandhian Idea of Man


Unit-6 Debates on Nature of State


Unit-7 Problems and Practices of Democracy

Unit-8 Gramswaraj Today


Unit-9 Sarva Dharma Samabhava


Unit-10 Cultural Diversities

Unit-11 Social Inclusion


Unit-12 Empowering Women


Unit-13 Science and Technology

Unit-14 Media


Unit-15 Terrorism

Unit-16 Human Rights

Taught by

Dr. Shubhangi Vaidya



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