01.10.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

31st Gandhi week celebrates the International Day of Non-Violence

On the occasion of the International Day of Non-Violence and to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, the India Cultural Center (Brazil) hosts the roundtable “Gandhi Today: The Ends Are at the Means – the Ethics of Intention in Action” this Tuesday 2 October at 7pm.

The roundtable gathers Lia Diskin, co-founder of Palas Athena Foundation, Hamilton Faria, poet, writer, co-founder and coordinator of the Culture division at Polis Institute, and Luiz Henrique Góes, trained in Philosophy and Ethics by Palas Athena and a member of its Deliberative Board.

Participants at the roundtable will talk to the audience about the timelessness of Gandhi’s ideas. Some of the focuses of Gandhi’s actions became the basis of what is known presently as solidary economy, local empowerment, gender equality, pacific conflict resolution, as well as the alliance between autonomy and interdependency.  

However, Gandhi’s deed that rendered him the Mahatma title was not only his intelectual contribution, but the nobility of giving life to his ideas by way of example. His ability of mobilizing the masses was due more to his moral authority than to the understanding of his proposals. When he stated on the Hind Swaraj that “the means may be likened to a seed, the ends to a tree and there is just the same inviolable connection between the means and the end as there is between the seed and the tree”, calls out for coherence and consistency in the act of living, that is, to the honesty and transparency that make us mutually trustworthy.

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