This volume is a collection of Devi Prasad’s essays on Gandhi, social justice and social change. The different essays address themes ranging from Gandhi’s ideals of satyagraha and ahimsa, civil disobedience and non-violence, to the Gandhian approach to education as founded in making and crafting as well as participation in the political and social movements of our times. They also engage the revolutionary potential of Gandhi’s thought, drawing parallels between Lenin and Gandhi and analysing the historical significance of Gandhi’s anti-imperialist yet non-violent political philosophy. In sum, the volume dwells on the continuing, critical relevance of Gandhi in our times.
It will be of interest to those in education, political science, peace and conflict studies, history and philosophy, as well as to the general reader interested in Gandhian thought.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Preface and Acknowledgements 1. Non-violence and satyagraha 2. Redefining the concept of freedom 3. Gandhi’s educational revolution 4. Lenin and Gandhi: Contemporary revolutionaries 5. Violent struggles for freedom 6. Self-suffering and service for effective satyagraha 7. Struggle of the minorities 8. Why non-violence? 9. Gandhi: A historical necessity 10. True education is education for satyagraha 11. Satyagraha: The art of defying oppression without becoming oppressors 12. Do we have the will and courage to knock at Gandhi’s door? Bibliography. About the Author. Index
Devi Prasad, artist and activist, was editor of Nayee Talim, and was closely involved with developing the art school at Gandhi’s Sevagram. He ran his own pottery studio in Delhi from 1983 to 2003.