Gandhi in His Time and Ours The Global Legacy of His Ideas

ISBN-10: 0231131143

ISBN-13: 9780231131148

Edition: 2003

Authors: David Hardiman

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Gandhi was the creator of a radical style of politics that has proved effective in fighting insidious social divisions within India and elsewhere in the world. How did this new form of politics come about? David Hardiman shows that it was based on a larger vision of an alternative society, one that emphasized mutual respect, resistance to exploitation, nonviolence, and ecological harmony. Politics was just one of the many directions in which Gandhi sought to activate this peculiarly personal vision, and its practice involved experiments in relation to his opponents. From representatives of the British Raj to Indian advocates of violent resistance, from right-wing religious leaders to upholders of caste privilege, Gandhi confronted entrenched groups and their even more entrenched ideologies with a deceptively simple ethic of resistance. Hardiman examines Gandhi's ways of conducting his conflicts with all these groups, as well as with his critics on the left and representatives of the Dalits. He also explores another key issue in Gandhi's life and legacy: his ideas about and attitudes toward women. Despite inconsistencies and limitations, and failures in his personal life, Gandhi has become a beacon for posterity. The uncompromising honesty of his politics and moral activism has inspired such figures as Jayaprakash Narayan, Medha Patkar, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Petra Kelly and influenced a series of new social movements -- by environmentalists, antiwar campaigners, feminists, and human rights activists, among others -- dedicated to the principle of a more just world.
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/7/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

David Hardiman is Professor of History at Warwick University and author of Gandhi in His Time and Ours.

Preface
Introduction: The Gandhian Dialogic
An Incorporative Nationalism
Forging a Nationalist Hegemony
The Disciplined Nation
Invented Histories of the Nation
Dialogic Resistance
Popular Forms of Mass Resistance in India
Satyagraha
Individual Conscience
Ahimsa
Satyagraha Within the Indian Polity
An Alternative Modernity
Hind Swaraj
A Gandhian Civilisation
The Constructive Programme
Gandhi, Socialism, and the Doctrine of Trusteeship
The Gandhian Critique Beyond India
Father of the Nation
Gandhi's Family Life
Gandhi and Sexual Desire
Marriage and Patriarchy
Women and Satyagraha
The Critique of Patriarchy
Dalit and Adivasi Assertion
Dalits
Adivasis
Dalits, Adivasis, and the Indian Nation
Fighting Religious Hatreds
Gandhi, Muslims, and Hindu Nationalists
The 'National Duty' of the Hindu Patriot
Gandhi and Christianity
Partition and Gandhi's 'Finest Hour'
Gandhian Anti-Communal Work Since Independence
Gandhian Activism in India After Independence
The Bhoodan and Gramdan Movements
The Naxalite Alternative
The JP Movement
JP's 'Total Revolution'
The Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Vahini
Women and Anti-Liquor Movements in India
Vahini and Women's Rights
Chipko Andolan
Narmada Bachao Andolan
Gandhian Activism Since 1980
Gandhi's Global Legacy
Some Contemporary Western Reactions
Gandhi and the Pacifist Movement
Gandhian Resistance on a World Stage
The African-American Struggle in the USA
The Revolt Against Apartheid in South Africa
Petra Kelly and the German Greens
The Moral Activists' Lonely Path to Martyrdom
Bibliography
Index
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