Publisher: University of Calabar

Conflict Resolution: An Analysis of Gandhian Approach

Inam Ul Haq, Muzafar, Ahmad Dar
KEYWORDS: conflict, non-violence, Satyagraha, constructive programme, peace


Conflict resolution can be conceptualized as the methods and processes involved in facilitating the peaceful ending of conflict and retribution. Conflict resolution otherwise known as reconciliation may also be used interchangeably with dispute resolution. A model that has been incompetently emphasized but holds out considerable potential is the Gandhian model of conflict resolution, where non-violence plays a catalytic role. Gandhi devoted his life to the perfection of non-violent technique of conflict resolution and everything he said and did was always conversant of non-violence. He firmly believed that lasting peace in the world was possible only through non-violence. According to Gandhi in a conflict situation, there is no other plan than the adherence to non-violence in thought, word and deed. There is no other goal than to reach the truth. Gandhi argues that rational discussion and persuasion were the best way to resolve conflict. Gandhi suggested the methods of Satyagraha to resolve the conflict. He used this method both in India as well as in South Africa to resolve different kinds of conflicts. Not only Satyagraha, constructive programme of Gandhi is also an active method of attacking and removing social evils. In contemporary world there is need of Gandhi’s Satyagraha in terms of resolving conflict. This paper will focus on Gandhi’s methods and techniques in resolving conflicts

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