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The Global Intercultural Communication Reader, 2e, 2nd Edition by Jing Yin, Yoshitaka Miike, Molefi Kete Asante

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Global Village vs. Gandhian Villages

A Viable Vision

Kuruvilla Pandikattu

In this chapter, while many are lauding the technological marvel as a defining characteristic of the global village, Kuruvilla Pandikattu questions the viability and sustainability of such a vision. He asserts that we should resort to Gandhi’s vision of a “free, democratic, [and] egalitarian” global village that shares means, opportunities, and benefits for all. He articulates this Gandhian vision of the global community that aims to (1) meet the basic human needs, (2) sustain the harmonious relationship between humans and nature, (3) put the last first, and (4) practice non-violence and sarvodaya (the welfare of the whole). Such a communitarian vision is diametrically ...

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