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Gandhi : Very Short Introduction

Gandhi : Very Short Introduction - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0192854575

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ISBN13: 978-0192854575
ISBN10: 0192854577
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1997
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Gandhi : Very Short Introduction - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0192854575

Bhikhu Parekh

ISBN13: 978-0192854575
ISBN10: 0192854577
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

A balanced introduction to one of the most revered men in history

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) was one of the few men in history to fight simultaneously on moral, religious, political, social, economic, and cultural fronts. During his time as a lawyer in South Africa he developed his strategy of non-violence: the idea of opposing unjust laws by non-violent protest. He led the Indian National Congress party in three major campaigns against British rule, each culminating in his arrest.

In Gandhi, a short introduction to Gandhis life and thought, Bhikhu Parekh outlines both Gandhis major philosophical insights and the limitations of his thought. Written with extensive access to Gandhis writings in Indian languages to which most commentators have little or no access, Parekh looks at Gandhis cosmocentric anthropology, his spiritual view of politics, and his theories of oppression, non-violent action, and active citizenship. He also considers how the success of Gandhis principles were limited by his lack of coherent theories of evil, and of state and power. Gandhis view of man as ascetic allows no room for expressions of the cultural, artistic, or intellectual. Furthermore, he was so hostile to modern civilization that he was unable to appreciate its complex dialectic or offer a meaningful narrative.

Nevertheless, Gandhis life and thought had an enormous impact on the Indian nation, and he continues to be widely revered--known before and after his assassination as Mahatma, the Great Soul.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Religious thought
3. Theory of man and society
4. Economic and political thought
5. Non-violent method of action
6. Critical evaluation

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