From non-violence, follow Gandhiji's other precepts including that of harmony or universal brotherhood. It means harmonious relationships among all human beings, of human beings with other living beings, with all existence and also harmony within oneself. Gandhiji's whole life was a relentless struggle for achieving communal harmony, especially among Hindus and Muslims, and for removal of 'untouchability' and social equality between the so-called 'untouchables', or Dalits and caste Hindus. Through his non-violent movements, in which even ordinary and illiterate women could participate in large numbers, he did more for their emancipation and for gender equality than any other reformer. Throughout the freedom struggle, his emphasis remained on improving the conditions of the poor, the weak, the downtrodden and on revival of the neglected villages in India. He lived, and also died, for building up a harmonious social order.

Mahatma Program Notes by Y.P.Anand

Devised and Designed by Kamalini Dutt

Project Director L.D. Mandloi

Associates: Ved M. Rao and Irfan

From Doordarshan Archives

On October 11, 1906, Mahatma Gandhi had first propounded his philosophy and technique of Satyagraha ('holding on to Truth') in his address to the 3,000 Indians assembled at Johannesburg in South Africa to protest against the 'Black' Ordinance, which sought to severely curtail their rights as citizens. The year 2006-07 marks the centenary of the birth of Gandhiji's Satyagraha.

In order to commemorate this historic occasion, Doordarshan Archives presents here a serial entitled MAHATMA, covering selected aspects of Gandhiji's philosophy and message under the headings of Non-violence (Ahimsa), Harmony, Simplicity, Discipline, Co-operation, and Trusteeship. The serial has been compiled by Shri Brijendra Rehi, and the presentation has been made mainly through the inspirational anecdotes as expressed by a wide range of scholars, workers and followers of Gandhiji's teachings and precepts, always remembering that Gandhiji had said, 'My life is my message.'