ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 5, ISSUE : 1, Janurary-March, 2017 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
THE ETHICAL IMAGINATION OF GANDHI AS SEEN THROUGH THE CRITICAL EYE OF ORWELL IN “REFLECTIONS ON GANDHI”
Dr. Anupam Chakrabarti*
 
ABSTRACT
Concise Oxford English dictionary defines the word ethic ‘as a set of moral principles’. The word ‘ethical’ an adjective derived from ethic is defined as ‘related to moral principles or the branch of knowledge concerned with these’. Ethical imagination is the ability of the mind to form ideas that are morally correct. The argument that will run through this paper centres on Gandhi’s ethics as the moving force behind his aesthetics. Different critics have illumined whole areas of the Gandhian landscape in insightful books and critical essays, but few have devoted themselves exclusively to the moral aspect of Gandhi’s imagination. This paper traces the roots of Gandhian thought to a definite moral point of view. This moral point of view is embedded in his Indianness and his Hindu tradition. He has also imbibed this moral point of view from his education in England. In other words, a consideration of Gandhi’s ethics as an anxiety manifested both in the content and form of his works constitutes the summum bonum of my argument in this paper and to show how Gandhi’s imagination feeds on such an anxiety.
 
KEYWORD
Keywords: bio-ethics, British Empire, Disobedience Movement, Non-Violence.
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