Gandhi and the global satyagraha

Jahanbegloo, Ramin (2021) Gandhi and the global satyagraha. Social Change, 51 (1). pp. 38-50. ISSN 490857

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It is a common view to say that satyagraha was conducted by a person like Gandhi who was brought up in a cultural setting familiar with the concept of self-suffering and non-violence. But it would be a mistake to judge the Gandhian satyagraha in terms of cultural background. The recent global history of nonviolent action has shown us clearly that satyagraha is a seed that can grow and flourish in other cultures and religions as well. Among the followers of Gandhi in the twentieth century who successfully launched their own satyagraha against racial, religious and economic injustice and struggled for human rights are names such as Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Lech Walesa, Vaclav Havel, Benigno Aquino and Aung San Suu Kyi. The trans-Indian experience of satyagraha assumes that non-violence in its broadest sense remains exemplary as a political action and is transferable as a human experience from one tradition of thought to another, making it universally applicable as a method of action.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Gandhi | Martin Luther King Jr | Nelson Mandela | Non-violence | Satyagraha
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > History
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Sociology
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2021 05:52
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2022 16:26
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Additional Information: An earlier version of this article was presented at the International Seminar on Satyagraha in the 21st Century held in New Delhi on 22–24 October 2019. It is scheduled to be included in a forthcoming book based on the seminar.


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