Gandhi was perhaps the most influential yet misunderstood figure of the 20th century. Drawing close attention to Gandhi’s last years, this book explores the marked change in his understanding of the acceptance of non-violence by Indians. It points to a startling discovery Gandhi made in the years preceding India’s Independence and Partition: the struggle for freedom which he had all along believed to be non-violent was in fact not so. He realised that there was a causal relationship between the path of illusory ahimsa which had held sway during the freedom struggle and the violence that erupted thereafter during Partition.
In the second edition of this much-acclaimed volume, Chandra revisits Gandhi’s philosophy to explain how and why the phenomenon of the Mahatma has been understood and misunderstood through the years. Calling for a rethink of the very nature and foundation of modern India, this book throws new light on Gandhian philosophy and its far-reaching implications for the world today. It will interest not only scholars and researchers of modern Indian history, politics, and philosophy but also lay readers.
Author’s preface. Translator’s note. Introduction to the secod edition. 1. Facing Gandhi: facing oneself 2. Gandhi’s swaraj 3. Gandhi’s sorrows 4. The possibility of ahimsa? 5. An impossible possibility?