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p. 926. The vision of a non-violent societylocked

  • Bhikhu Parekh

Abstract

‘The vision of a non-violent society’ examines Gandhi's principles for the good society. Gandhi believed that, since different societies had different histories and traditions, the search for a single model of society was both incoherent and dangerous. For him, the good society should be informed by the spirit of cosmic piety. Human beings are interdependent, therefore the good society should discourage all forms of exploitation, domination, injustice, and inequality. And since human beings are spiritual in nature, the good society should help them develop their moral and spiritual powers and create the conditions for swarāj (self-rule or autonomy).

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