Relevance of Gandhian Thoughts in the 21st Century: An Evaluative Framework

Brundabana Meher, Basanta Kumar Mahakur
2020 Pedagogy of learning  
The aims of this paper were to evaluate and find out the relevance of Gandhian thoughts in the 21 st century in multidisciplinary perspectives. The sample of present study consisted of two different sources such as 1) lectures of 27 resource persons of national repute in inaugural, plenary, technical and valedictory sessions and 2) papers presented by 87 researchers in 15 sub themes in an interdisciplinary national seminar on relevance of Gandhian thoughts in the 21 st century organised by
more » ... y organised by School of Education, Gangadhar Meher University, Sambalpur, Odisha, India on 8 th and 9 th February, 2020. The authors used souvenir of the national seminar, direct observation from paper presentations in three technical sessions, report prepared by rapporteurs in technical sessions, lectures of resource persons, newspaper publication for data collection. There were five consecutive steps followed during data collection. The critical analysis of the data revealed that 1) the context of crafts during 1930s were limited in numbers but the context of crafts in 21 st century are enlarged in the form of basic computer skills, mobile repairing, fashion designing, beauty parlour etc.; 2) Gandhi was premodernist, modernist and postmodernist ; 3) Gandhi's life philosophy were related to critical thinking development, inclusive social development, sustainable development in terms of politics, economics, environment, commerce and business, use of technology to assist human beings not to replace human beings; 4) the women were treated equally with men in terms of dignity and respect.
doi:10.46704/pol.2020.v06i02.002 fatcat:ipvaj7jl3jf7vntgi7ujcmfzqq