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• 2022

Pages: 126

ISBN: 9789332705739

1 January 2022

INR 795

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Through the Lens of Mahatma

Journey of a Migrant

Pooja Sharma‚ Nav Jadon

1 January 2022


The elementary purpose of this book is to encourage individuals to follow their dreams by embracing sustainability. And while doing so, respect every culture and traditional sentiments by embracing tolerance, adaptability and resilience. The book leaves the readers with the thought that when the purpose is to fulfil the larger aims of sustainability, then the mere question of success and failure of the migration process becomes redundant. By adopting the elements of Truth, Non-violence and tolerance, a peaceful and just world that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable is conceived. In this context, this book takes the opportunity to highlight the inherent relevance of Gandhian thoughts that embark on environmental sustainability. The book also highlights that Canada is a country which provides fair access to its resources to all immigrants, depicting inclusivity in the socio-economic sphere and serves as the most sustainable model for immigration.

Praise for this book

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi spent 21 years in South Africa in the early years of his career as an expatriate. It was there, as a migrant, that he honed his experiments with truth. Gandhiji understood the inner life of a migrant from his personal experiences. His life shows that in addition to adaptability and resilience, a migrant would need to draw upon reserves of love, and a commitment to non-violence and truth. This book beautifully brings out all of these elements.
—Pulin Nayak
    Former Director and Professor, Delhi School of Economics 


Both Gandhi and Kumarappa were not in favour of migration of people from villages to towns and cities or to other countries in their ideal scheme of things. However, Gandhi championed the cause of migrants of Indian origin in South Africa through the weapon of satyagraha. This book calls for application of Gandhi-Kumarappa ideas from the prism of the host country is an interesting work which needs examination and appreciation in the context of emerging challenges.
—Siby K. Joseph
    Director, Sri Jamnalal Bajaj Memorial Library and Research Centre,
    Sevagram Ashram Prathisthan, Wardha 


Reading Sharma and Jadon’s engaging book provides an interesting analysis on the quest of migrants in our world for peace and security. The sharp insights of the authors guide the readers from the inner self of the individual migrant, threatened by the accumulation of insecurities and violence, to the Gandhian principles of Truth, nonviolence and patience. In this quest for the inner self integrity of the migrants, Sharma and Jadon show us clearly how in an era of globalization, indifferent to the sufferings of the migrants, the Gandhian principles can promote inclusiveness and integration, to ensure a more just and peaceful world order.
—Ramin Jahanbegloo
    Distinguished Gandhian scholar and recipient of the
    Peace Prize from the United Nations Association in
    Spain for his extensive academic works in promoting dialogue
    between cultures and his advocacy for non-violence


This book from Pooja Sharma and Nav Jadon is an interesting contribution to the debate on migration in today’s world; a topic of the utmost importance and topicality. Its approach, both rigorous and passionate, makes it a document of great interest in our troubled times. It combines the personal project of the migrant with the implications for the receiving countries and the world as a whole, in order to work for a more harmonious, just, peaceful and sustainable world, following the legacy of Gandhi and Kumarappa. This work connects the most personal with the global, in a sign that the authors are imbued with one of Gandhi’s most important teachings: that the personal and the global are intimately connected, with no possibility of dissociation. A good contribution to a necessary debate.
—Artur Domingo Barnils
   Historian. Catalonia (Spain)

About the Author(s) / Editor(s)

Pooja Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi, worked at the Institute of Economic Growth. She is an alumnus of Miranda House, University of Delhi and completed Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics. She has more than fifteen years of experience teaching in the Economics Department at the undergraduate level at the University of Delhi. She completed her Mphil and PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). She lives in Delhi with her family.


Nav Jadon, Nav has more than fifteen years of Strategy/Planning experience in blue-chip brands [Nike, Canada Goose, Dickies, New Balance] across India, Philippines, Singapore and Canada. He is passionate about helping people realize their dreams and regularly coaches and mentors through TRIEC in Toronto, Cherie Blair Foundation UK and sits on the Global Advisory Council of Steering for Greatness Foundation, Nigeria. His credentials include a Masters in Management from AIM, Manila, Business Analytics from Schulich School of Business, Toronto, and loves teaching tennis & is a certified Tennis Coach. He lives in Toronto along with his wife & daughter.

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