Writing about Gandhi without being obvious is always difficult. Numerous books and articles are published every year, especially across the anniversaries of his birth and death. The judicious scholar believes that writing something new on this iconic figure is almost impossible.
However, in the difficult times when this book was conceived, at the peak of what presumably can be considered as the worst humanitarian disaster of the 21st century, the Gandhian legacy has become more topical than ever. Gandhiâ€™s thought and experience regarding laws and economy, and his views on secularism or on the tremendous effects of the colonial rule in India and beyond provide the opportunity to reflect on persistently manipulated constitutions and violated human rights, on the crisis of secularism and the demand of a sustainable, environment friendly economy.
This book aims not only to offer new insights into Gandhiâ€™s experience and legacy but also to prove how Gandhian values are relevant to the present and can provide explanations and solutions for present challenges. Gandhi After Gandhi will appeal to researchers and students alike interested in Indian culture and political thinking and Indian history since independence.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
List of Contributors
Part I: Gandhi, Laws and Civil Rights: Gandhian Legacy in Africa and United States
Gandhi and the culture of constitutionalism
Gandhi and Pan-Africanism (1919-1945)
Gandhiâ€™s Legacy in South Africa through literature and arts
"Stride Toward Freedom": Martin Luther King, the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Gandhian Lesson
Part II: Gandhiâ€™s political views and experience in a historical perspective
The Mahatma and the Muslims. Gandhiâ€™s role in making Indiaâ€™s partition inevitable
Partitions and Beyond: Gandhiâ€™s Views on Palestineâ€™s and Indiaâ€™s divides
Rethinking Gandhiâ€™s Secularism: How Did Gandhiâ€™s Brahmacarya Relate to His Last Political Vision?
Part III: Gandhian economy and grassroots experiences
Gandhiâ€™s visionary critique of industrialisation and western civilisation in the light of Indiaâ€™s globalized economy
A Nayi, Nai Talim: Reinventing Gandhian Education for a new social order. A case study.
Pallavi Varma Patil and Roshni Ravi
Appendix 1: Nayi, Nai Talim
Appendix 2: The Ragi Project in pictures
Marzia Casolari is an associate professor of Asian History at the University of Turin, Italy. She has done extensive research on Indian and South Asian contemporary history and politics and writes regularly on contemporary politics in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. With Routledge she published the book In the Shadow of the Swastika: The Relationships Between Indian Radical Nationalism, Italian Fascism and Nazism.