Acharya Dada Dharmadhikari: a Free Thinker

By Arvind A. Deshpande Shri Shankar Trimbak Dharmadhikari, better known throughout the world as Acharya Dada Dharmadhikari, was verily Mahatma Vidura of our times. Those familiar with the epic character in Mahabharata will recall that Mahatma Vidura did not have power, weilded no authority, possessed no wealth. Yet every powerful person felt humble before him, … Continue reading

Total Revolution

[On his return home to Patna in 1975 after release from detention due to acute illness, JP (Jayaprakash Narayan) wrote a long letter to his followers explaining the circumstances of the Bihar movement and committing the remaining years of his life to total revolution.]   Continuing Change From the very beginning I have been saying … Continue reading

Acharya Dada Dharmadhikari: The unlabelled uncommon man (1899-1985)

Acharya Dada Dharmadhikari was a freedom fighter, thinker, writer, philosopher and a teacher but above all, he was also a great human being who lived a life of principles.  Shankar Trimbak Dharmadhikari was born on June 18, 1899 at Multapi in Madhya Pradesh in a family known for its learning. His father T. D. Dharmadhikari … Continue reading

The Sarvoya Movement

The pitfalls of nonviolent revolution by Brian Martin Nonviolent Revolution in India. Geoffrey Ostergaard New Delhi: Gandhi Peace Foundation, 1985 A review published in Nonviolence Today, number 2, April/May 1988, pp. 16-17 In Western countries such as Australia, the idea of nonviolent revolution is not a common one. Revolution is traditionally associated with the left, … Continue reading

Sarvodaya Movement: The Gentle Anarchists

After Gandhi’s death, Sarvodaya, a movement based on his spiritual, ethical and political principles emerged. Vinoba Bhave (1895–1982), the leading figure in the movement for many years, taught absolute nonviolence, social organization based on universal love, decision making by consensus, the replacement of coercion by the recognition of moral authority, and the minimization and eventual … Continue reading

Sarvodaya and Anarchism

In [the ideal state] every one is his own ruler. He rules himself in such a manner that he is never a hindrance to his neighbour. In [such a state], therefore, there is no political power because there is no State.’ –Gandhi (Young India, 2 July 1931; quoted in Ostergaard (1971), p. 28) The practical … Continue reading