Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Power in Action

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CONCLUSION
Gandhi's Contribution
from Various Angles

“I may be taunted with the retort
that this is all Utopian and, there-
fore, not worth a single thought. If
Euclid's line, though incapable of
being drawn by human agency, has
an imperishable value, my picture
has its own for mankind to live.
Let India live for this true picture,
though never realizable in its
completeness. We must have a
proper picture of what we want,
before we can have something
approaching it.

Gandhi, 1946, when asked about
his conception of an independent India1

To best appreciate Gandhi, we should view his experience from several angles. While we have focused on how Gandhi practiced swaraj and satyagraha, especially during the salt march and the Calcutta fast, these two ideas may also be viewed from a philosophical perspective. They are products of Gandhi's vision: although he was decidedly an activist, he was also very much a visionary, an idealist, as the above epigraph shows.

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