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By Nemi

The non-violent, tolerant, pacifistic and humanistic manner of Mahatma Gandhi is a globally recognized fact. UNESCO's foundation of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development is one of the best examples that support this fact. In this study, it is aimed to present " Mahatma Gandhi " , who is globally accepted as a role model with his personal characteristics, meaning and view of life, devotion to his beliefs, way of struggling with the problems he encountered, universal understanding of peace and tolerance, the value he attached to human beings, and his character, thus, from the values he possessed, to set forth an educational point of view.

The study was conducted based on the method of document review in accordance with the qualitative approach to research. As a result of this study, it is assessed that Mahatma Gandhi accommodated in his personality many universal values such as love for his fellow humans, justice, peace, non-violence, tolerance, and freedom, and when faced with certain situations in his lifetime, exhibited an attitude that is compatible with his principles related to these values. In this context, it can be speculated that introducing and conveying Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of life and the treasure of values he had to students via various educational activities and biographies can make the processes of education for peace and values more effective.

Here are some values of Gandhiji:

1. Self-belief:

Believe in what you do and never change your mind even if no one stands by you. There are myriad options available and so many naysayers but don't let that stop you. Your conviction is the only thing you need to achieve your dreams and help pull you together when the times are tough.

2. Integrity:

There will be many attractive options that will lure you away but never do things that you will not be proud of or those that you will regret later. Integrity comes from the congruence of thoughts, feelings, words, and actions-when all that you are and do spring from your core values. Gandhiji was one of the greatest examples of integrity we have seen in modern times, and there are many moving stories about his life that demonstrate the power of teaching this character trait by example.                                                

A mother once brought her child to him asking him to tell the young boy not to eat sugar, because it was not good for his diet or his developing teeth. Gandhi replied, "I cannot tell him that. But you may bring him back in a month." The mother was angry as Gandhi moved on brushing her aside. She had travelled some distance and had expected the mighty leader to support her parenting. But she went home and returned after a month. Gandhi took the small child's hands in his own, knelt before him, and tenderly communicated, "Do not eat sugar, my child. It is not good for you." Then he embraced him and returned the boy to his mother. The mother, grateful but perplexed, queried, "Why didn't you say that a month ago?" "Well," said Gandhi, "a month ago, I was still eating sugar. So how do I preach to the young minds?"

3. Respect for all:

I think kids today need to understand this value the most. In a country like India where there is so much social and economic discrimination, we definitely need our children to understand that everybody is equal and they all deserve respect. Money isn’t the only factor that gets you respect. Each individual command respect and it is only fair to give it to them. Remember kids- equality for all.

4. Leadership:

He was by far one of the strongest and most powerful leaders the country has ever seen. Some qualities that are much needed in today’s corporate, social and political environment. A leader with a single vision, clear focus and one who wasn't crazy for power.

5. Simplicity & Humility:

He won the hearts of citizens and followers with his simplicity. No unnecessary publicity, no glamour, no money play just mutual respect. Inspite of being in a position of power he was humble and kind.

On second thoughts I think in the generation to come, the Gandhi principles will be more relevant and like Munnabhai says Gandhigiri will be more relevant.

Let holidays not mean only leisure mornings and vacations. Let's teach our kids why these days are important. The next time your child asks you who that old man on the 500-rupee note is, take some time out and explain what you want your child to know about Gandhi.


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