The idea for this book arose from a colloquium held at The Claremont Graduate School in 1984 entitled ‘Mahatma Gandhi and his Significance for Today’. The emphasis of the colloquium fell upon the latter half of the title and stressed the relevance of Gandhi’s ideas to the problems of our contemporary world. This is undoubtedly what Gandhi himself would have wished. He did not seek personal adulation, and would not have desired it retrospectively; but he did insistently challenge the world with a revolutionary idea — not new but lived out by him in a new way — which could profoundly affect human life, and he was deeply concerned that it be allowed to make its impact upon peoples’ minds and hearts. He believed that nonviolence is a truth whose time has come, and that it only needs to be heard and to be seen at work in the lives of those who have accepted it, to win a response.
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