Synopses & Reviews
Even today, six decades after his assassination in January 1948, Mahatma Gandhi is still revered as the father of the Indian nation. His intellectual and moral legacy - encapsulated in works such as Hind Swaraj - as well as the example of his life and politics serve as an inspiration to human rights and peace movements, political activists, and students in classroom discussions throughout the world. This book, comprised of essays by renowned experts in the fields of Indian history and philosophy, traces Gandhi's extraordinary story. The first part of the book, the biography, explores his transformation from a small-town lawyer during his early life in South Africa into a skilled political activist and leader of civil resistance in India. The second part is devoted to Gandhi's key writings and his thinking on a broad range of topics, including religion, conflict, politics, and social relations. The final part reflects on Gandhi's image - how he has been portrayed in literature and film - and on his legacy in India, the West, and beyond.
"A judicious selection of insightful articles which between them give a reliable and comprehensive account of Gandhi's life, thought and impact. Indispensable for beginners and experts alike." - Lord Bhikhu Parekh, University of Westminster and House of Lords
A fresh interpretation of one of the most influential and revered figures of the modern world.
About the Author
Judith M. Brown is Beit Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Oxford. Her many publications include Gandhi and Civil Disobedience: The Mahatma in Indian Politics 1928-1934 (2008), Global South Asians: Introducing the Modern Diaspora (2006), Nehru: A Political Life (2005) and The Oxford History of the British Empire: The Twentieth Century, co-edited with William Roger Louis (2001).Anthony Parel is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Calgary. His published works include Gandhi: 'Hind Swaraj' and Other Writings Centenary Edition (2009) and Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony (2007).
Table of Contents
Introduction Judith M. Brown; Part I. Gandhi: The Historical Life: 1. Gandhi's world Yasmin Khan; 2. Gandhi 1869-1915: the transnational emergence of a public figure Jonathan Hyslop; 3. Gandhi as nationalist leader, 1915-1948 Judith M. Brown; Part II. Gandhi: Thinker and Activist: 4. Gandhi's key writings Tridip Suhrud; 5. Gandhi's religion and its relation to his politics Akeel Bilgrami; 6. Conflict and nonviolence Ronald J. Terchek; 7. Gandhi's moral economics Thomas Weber; 8. Gandhi and the state Anthony Parel; 9. Gandhi and social relations Tanika Sarkar; Part III. The Contemporary Gandhi: 10. Portrayals of Gandhi Harish Trivedi; 11. Gandhi in independent India Anthony Parel; 12. Gandhi's global legacy David Hardiman.