Trusteeship (Gandhism)

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Trusteeship is a socio-economic philosophy that was propounded by Mahatma Gandhi[1] . It provides a means by which the wealthy people would be the trustees of trusts that looked after the welfare of the people in general. This concept was condemned by socialists as being in favor of the landlords, feudal princes and the capitalists.

Gandhi believed that the rich people could be persuaded to part with their wealth to help the poor. Putting it in Gandhiji's words "Supposing I have come by a fair amount of wealth – either by way of legacy, or by means of trade and industry – I must know that all that wealth does not belong to me; what belongs to me is the right to an honourable livelihood, no better than that enjoyed by millions of others. The rest of my wealth belongs to the community and must be used for the welfare of the community." [1] Gandhiji along with his followers, after their release from the prison formulated a "simple" and a "practical" formula where Trusteeship was explained.

Influences[edit]

The founder of the Tata group, J.R.D. Tata was influenced by Gandhi's idea of trusteeship. He developed his personal and professional life based on this idea.[2]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b M. K. Gandhi, Compiled by Ravindra Kelekar, Trusteeship, April 1960, Printed and Published by : Jitendra T. Desai Navajivan Mudranalaya, Ahemadabad-380014 India, ISBN 81-7229-091-8
  2. ^ Dr. Sundar SARUKKAI, Friday, 27 May 2005, 'The Idea of Trusteeship in Gandhi and JRD Tata'