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Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2023, Volume: 16, Issue: 40, Pages: 3502-3506

Original Article

An Alternative Perspective of Science: Relevance of MK Gandhi’s Views on Science

Received Date:06 June 2023, Accepted Date:29 July 2023, Published Date:27 October 2023


Objectives: It is commonly misunderstood that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was against science and technological progress. This study shows that Gandhi conceives human life holistically and he analyzes various aspects of life as interlinked sub systems of an organic unit. Gandhi views science as a social enterprise and envisages the role of science for pursuit of truth, and as instrument for social reconstruction. He fathoms the potential of science to reduce socio-economic divide and as emancipatory agent to decimate discrimination based on caste, gender, region, religion etc. Methods: This study has used interpretive methods of research. The writings of Gandhi have been deeply explored and extract which show his understanding about science have been analysed in present context. Analysis of Gandhi’s concerns about science have been done through perspectives of many scientists and philosophers. Findings: Gandhi never loses the focus on historical contexts of science in which science has been unfortunately used to propagate oppression and tyranny. Gandhi views science as power of knowledge which breeds wisdom and liberates us from various constrictions. Besides, he also conceive it as dangerous endeavour which can threat survival of humanity. He expects science to pay immediate attention to the issues affecting human beings. Application/improvements: The holistic conception of science as human endeavour interlinked with other spheres of life would enable teachers and students to look at science from broader perspective. Teaching methodology of science can be improved locating science in social context.

Keywords: Science, Research, Language, Learner, Humanity


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© 2023 Kumar & Syal. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Published By Indian Society for Education and Environment (iSee)


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