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Gandhi as an Internationalist

What were the Gandhiji’s thoughts about internationalism?

1. He considered patriotism same as humanity, which is believed to be completely embodied in human beings, irrespective of community, religion, color or race.

2. He said that internationalism is possible when nationalism becomes a fact.

3. He thought that narrowness, selfishness, and exclusiveness are the bane to modern nations.

4. In seeking truth and light, he recognized no national boundaries.  

 How successful is Gandhi’s ideas of internationalism?

1. Gandhi revolted against any outrage on human dignity like racial discrimination and segregation in South Africa or against untouchability in India.

2. His Ashrams became miniature international institutions.

3. Though India couldn’t effectively contribute to internationalism under British rule, Gandhi put forward ideas of internationalism for a free India to contribute to.

4. India’s unreserved acceptance of Charter of the United Nations and the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice are an expression of those ideas and peace.

Why did Gandhiji want an independent India to work for others?

1. Gandhiji observed that a free country has to work for the benefit of the world.

2. He thought that there was no limit to extending our services to our neighbours across state made frontiers.

3. His ambition was higher than independence.

4. Through the deliverance of India, he sought to deliver the so-called weaker races of the Earth from Western exploitation.

5. The achievement of independence by India through pacific means provided inspiration to several nations in Asia and Africa.

Which are the contributions of Gandhiji?

1. Gandhiji’s most vital contribution to international relations was his philosophy and technique of non-violent resistance.

2. That was the principal means of the Indian struggle for over 25 years, which helped him in achieving independence.

3. Methods of “Satyagraha” or “passive resistance” in Africa or “non-co-operation” and “civil disobedience” in India inspired other nations.