Dialogical mode of conflict resolution that has been very well reflected in Mahatma Gandhi’s little book— Hind Swaraj —is the need of the hour, said retired political science professor of Mangalore University Rajaram Tolpadi.
He said: “We are living in a world where dialogue is not possible and hence, the dialogic mode used by Gandhiji in Hind Swaraj becomes a contemporary need.”
Mr. Tolpad was delivering a talk on ‘Gandhian Worldview’ during the Gandhi Jayanthi celebrations jointly organised by the Gandhian Centre for Philosophical Arts and Sciences (GCPAS), MAHE, Udupi Rotary Club and UNESCO Peace Chair, at Manipal on Monday.
Mr. Tolpadi recalled that Hind Swaraj adopts the ‘dialogical mode’ in its structure with a conversation between ‘the reader’ and the ‘editor’, addressing uncomfortable questions.
In Hind Swaraj, Gandhiji was trying to envision an alternative to modern civilisation - a civilisation to be built on his notions of satya (truth), ahimsa (non-violence), and swaraj (self-rule). The three notions were his own growing philosophical premises and Gandhiji felt that in such an alternative civilisation, was not just for liberation of India, but for the humankind.
GCPAS Head Varadesh Hiregange said the spirit of India resides in its ‘pluralism and unity in diversity.’ Progressive thinker Phaniraj explained how Gandhiji moved from ‘God is Truth’ to ‘Truth is God’.