Dennis Dalton: “Gandhi and Forgiveness” – September 29, 2015

Gandhi practiced the value of forgiveness as a method of conflict resolution. He derived this idea from the world’s great religious traditions. He applied it to his leadership of the Indian independence movement and later to attaining peace in the face of Hindu-Muslim civil war. This lecture will explain how he urged forgiveness of British atrocities following the Amritsar massacre of 1919 and then through his Calcutta fast for religious unity in 1947. reference will also be made to similar acts of forgiveness by Martin Luther Kind, Jr. in 1956 during the Montgomery bus boycott.


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