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Gandhigiri is a relatively new term in India which is used to express the tenets of Gandhism (the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi which include Satyagraha, non-violence, and truth) in contemporary terms. The term became popular due to its usage in the 2006 Hindi film, Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Ghosh, Arunabha (December 23–29, 2006). "." Economic and Political Weekly 41 (51)Sharma, Swati Gauri. "." Boston Globe, October 13, 2006


As a colloquial expression in various languages in India including Marathi, Hindi and Tamil, "Gandhigiri" refers to the practice of the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi. It is a colloquial form of Gandhism. Gandhism (or Gandhianism) is a term which attempts to summarize the philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi. Basic tenets of Gandhism include satya (truth) and Satyagraha: "Truth (satya) implies love, and firmness (agraha) engenders and therefore serves as a synonym for force...that is to say, the Force which is born of Truth and Love or non-violence." Gandhi further noted of the term, ''Satyagraha'',

In this context, "Gandhigiri" is sometimes juxtaposed to "Dadagiri"(bullying) (as it was in Lage Raho Munna Bhai,...
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