- Hardcover: 249 pages
- Publisher: Sarvodaya International Trust; Fifth (Updated & Enlarged) 2014 edition (2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8189220101
- ISBN-13: 978-8189220105
- Package Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.2 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,26,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gandhi's Outstanding Leadership Hardcover – 2014
About the Author
Educated at St. Aloysius College, Mangalore & Loyola College Madras, Mr. Nazareth was selected for the Indian Foreign Service in May 1959 and served in India’s diplomatic missions in Tokyo, Rangoon, Lima and London before his first Ambassadorial appointment in 1979 as High Commissioner/Ambassador of India to Ghana, Liberia, Upper Volta and Togo. Subsequently was Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, Consul General of India in Chicago and New York, Ambassador of India to Egypt and Ambassador of India to Mexico, Guatemala.
In 2006, Ambassador Nazaret's 'Gandhi's Outstanding Leadership' book was published. It was released in New Delhi by the former Prime Minister of India Dr. I.K. Gujral and at the UN in New York by then Under Secretary General Shashi Taroor. This book has been widely acclaimed including by President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and US President Barack Obama. It has come out already in ten Indian languages as also in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean & Bahasa Indonesia.
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by: Pascal Alan Nazareth, Indian Foreign Service
Review: Onkar Marwah
(Publisher: Sarvodaya International Trust, Bangalore, India. 14th edition, 2014
This is a book of dedication and measured passion. Former Indian Ambassador Alan Nazareth is a devoted admirer of India’s beloved and iconic Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He considers the Mahatma the tallest leader of the twentieth century, and describes the latter’s enduring contribution to his own country and to the world through inscribing Non-Violence as the principle ethic that human beings should adhere to in all their actions. The exercise is undertaken through a systematic analysis, not bland hagiography. The author ascribes a series of conceptual leadership categories as the framework within which to assess Gandhi’s ‘outstanding’ leadership qualities. These are: Vision, Courage, Compassion (inclusive of Dedication and Determination); Organizational Skills and Charisma, Strategizing and Management Skills, Magnanimity and Self Assurance. Additionally, Gandhi maintained Enlightened Views on matters of Religion, Patriotism and Nationalism. The Mahatma also espoused a humane Broad Spectrum View of World Events even as they unfolded with wars and wanton cruelties within and between nations throughout the first half of the twentieth century.
As explained by the author, Gandhi’s thoughts and contributions to India and the World appear staggering. He mobilized and rejuvenated the Indian People; led them to successful liberation from colonial subjugation through a unique non-violent movement; established in the Indian National Congress a strong, inclusive mass-based political party which adhered to negotiation and transparency to achieve independence from colonial rule; he sought and worked for the elimination of untouchability, the emancipation of Indian women, and the abolition of the dolorous Indenture system. Inveighing to end Indian feudalism, he also devoted time and effort to revive India’s rural industries, and urged the implementation of a basic national education structure as means to enrich and empower the country’s poor rural folk. Gandhi sought to harmonize capital-labor relations devoid of constant confrontation. Many of his ideas and exhortations were frequently dismissed as personal fads and idiosyncrasies, e.g. encouragement of small-scale industries, respect for the environment and maintaining ecological balance, encouraging dietary restraints, and so on. These were ignored at the time. Now, many of those exhortations appear sensible, perhaps prophetic.
The author expounds Gandhi’s impact on the conceptualization and inspirations of independent India’s foreign policies, and of his influence on numerous third-world liberation movements; as well individuals great and small past and present, across the world. The process continues even today in silent but inexorable form, acknowledged or not. Examples of the latter are given in the beginning and at the end segments of the book: of eminent individuals, scientists, philosophers, academics working on theories of conflict resolution without resort to violence, of politicians and on movements of national revival employing Gandhian techniques.
There is much more. Indeed, the book needs to be read and re-read to absorb and understand the full impact of the extra-ordinary toothless frail man with protruding ears, wearing a loin-cloth, rubber flip-fops and a cheerful smile, who inspired millions into one of the most unique yet peaceful and successful political-independence movements that the world has ever seen.
The book contains an eight-page bibliography and has gone through numerous editions in many languages. It is highly recommended to all, especially the younger generation around the world who may not be acquainted with the life and times of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
Mr Nazareth has meticulously recorded about the various movements all over the world about people’s uprising to fight the dictatorships, the atrocities and the injustices using Gandhi’s formula of Truth, Non Violence and Peace. He has explained the impact Gandhi had on the intellectuals, the politicians, and thinkers and reformers in various fields. He has talked about the various art forms inspired by Gandhi that one hardly hears about – like for instance the opera ‘Satyagraha’ by Philip Glass or the symphony of the same name by Naresh Sohel and so many songs all over the world. He talks about the plays and the movies too. It is indeed rare to find them all in one place.
In this book along with the well known Gandhian revolutions you find some less known movements that have made a lasting impact on me. For instance take the case of the The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina. Imagine the mothers whose children were taken away and had vanished, coming to demonstrate with white scarves around their heads with the names of their children embroidered on them every week to demand information of their loved ones. This kind of peaceful agitation really touches you.
Or take the case of Abdalla Abu Rahman from the village of Bilin in Palestine. With the wall that Israel built, they had no access to their field. So the villagers protested in a non violent manner for 5 years. The letter that Majida Abu Rahman wrote in Huffington post gives a very touching account of the struggle of her husband and his friends. Abdalla received a medal from the World Association of Human Rights in 2008.
Gandhi’s impact on ecology and environment, management etc too is an eye opener. The author has also talked about the European communities living happily and productively following Gandhi’s principles. They work with their own hands and produce all that they need themselves and also produce works of art. In the field of education he gives the example of Soka Gakkai in Japan which is a novel way of education based on creation of values. I have given only a few examples to illustrate what the book is about.
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