Opinion | Gandhi’s odyssey of ends and means as a guiding force
His example could guide us on how to acknowledge and take charge of our ‘bad’ selves
In a world full of inequality and injustice, there has been a constant striving for a more egalitarian and just order. Crucial to the question of efforts at a better world has been the tussle between ends and means. “Collateral damage", “ends justify the means", “strike in enemy territory", ‘re-education camps’—the terminology may change to justify the means adopted to make a better world, even if it results in violence and bloodshed. A lack of awareness and acknowledgment of our own drives towards power, domination and aggression, and their impact on our efforts at social change also form a running thread. The saying “power corrupts" seems to bear a proviso: “Power corrupts everyone but us." André Gide, the French author and Nobel laureate who was once an official guest of the Soviet Union, came away convinced of the early stages of a totalizing despotism among communist officials in the 1930s. “Power does not corrupt people," Gide said, “people corrupt power."