Globalism, Sustainable Future and Gandhian Philosophy: A Critique on Dominant Managerial Philosophy and Search for Egalitarian Alternative

Abstract

This paper attempts to examine and critique globalism in terms of its de-humanizing and anti-civilizational dimensions. Capitalism during the twentieth century, with its innumerable managerial concepts and theories, promoted self-seeking and cost-benefit-oriented business organizations and enterprises. Consequently, the value structure of capitalism has led to degradation of nature, exploitation of human resources, erosion of moral universe, and disappearance of communitarian ties. Therefore, capitalism in the twentieth century has been the single most important cause for misery and violence. During the twenty-first century things do not appear to be different, instead they have become acute. The managerial philosophy, which, faithfully served capitalism in the twentieth century, is in the active service of post-capitalism in terms its propaganda for globalism. Needless to say that globalism, a new found theory of capitalism and managerial philosophy, is equally antithetical to nature and human civilization. Against this, the paper wishes to establish that what we are practicing today in the name of globalism, ably supported by well-oiled managerial philosophy, is naked social Darwinism. Further, the paper shows how capitalism creates greedy individuals and exploit nature resulting in alienation of man from nature. Finally, the paper intends to propose a normative alternative to global capitalism and its managerial philosophy by invoking the Gandhian critique of modern civilization. The Gandhian alternative, I put forward, is not a ready-made recipe over there. It requires careful, critical, and feasible reconstruction of Gandhi symbolically present in all those post-colonial life styles, agitations, and assertions in achieving sustainable human development.



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T. N. Sreedhara, Mangalore University, India
K. S. Sujatha, PA College of Engineering, India

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Conference: ACAH2015
Stream: Humanities - Globalisation

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