The two pillars of Gandhism are truth and non-violence. Mahatma gandhi short essay in english pdf term “Gandhism” also encompasses what Gandhi’s ideas, words and actions mean to people around the world, and how they used them for guidance in building their own future.
Gandhism also permeates into the realm of the individual human being, non-political and non-social. However, Gandhi did not approve of ‘Gandhism’. There is no such thing as “Gandhism” and I do not want to leave any sect after me. I do not claim to have originated any new principle or doctrine.
I may change them tomorrow. I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and non-violence are as old as the hills. In the absence of a “Gandhism” approved by Gandhi, there is a school of thought that we have to derive what Gandhism stands for, from his life and works. One such deduction is that his philosophy essentially was based on “truth” and “non-violence” in the sense that first, we should acknowledge the truth that people are different at all levels and accept it. Second, that we should never resort to violence to settle inherent differences between human beings at all levels: from between two people to two nations or two races or two religions. Although Gandhi’s thought is unique in its own right, it is not without ideological parents.