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Gandhi and the Contemporary World

1st Edition

Edited by Sanjeev Kumar

Routledge India

324 pages

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This book develops a critical understanding of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and practice in the context of contemporary challenges and engages with some of his key work and ideas. It highlights the relevance of Gandhi’s legacy in the quest towards peace-building, equity and global justice.

The volume examines diverse facets of Gandhi’s holistic view of human life — social, economic and political — for the creation of a just society. Bringing together expert analyses and reflections, the essays here emphasise the philosophical and practical urgency of Gandhi's thought and action. They explore the significance of his concepts of truth and nonviolence to address moral, spiritual and ethical issues, growing intolerance, conflict and violence, poverty and hunger, and environmental crisis for the present world.

The volume serves as a platform for constructive dialogue to academics, researchers, policymakers and students to re-imagine Gandhi and his moral and political principles. It will be of great interest to those in philosophy, political studies, Gandhi studies, history, cultural studies, peace studies and sociology.


‘Mahatma Gandhi has made a lasting contribution to political philosophy and this requires that succeeding generations of scholars interpret that contribution in ways that meet the needs of the changing times and intellectual trends. Gandhi and the Contemporary World meets this requirement very admirably: it presents Gandhi in a critical, lively and timely fashion. Enjoy this excellent addition to Gandhi literature’.

Anthony J. Parel, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Calgary, Canada

‘This riveting collection of essays included in the volume throws valuable light on Mahatma Gandhi’s activist political philosophy and on some of its legacies today. Comprehensively discussed and examined are his ideas of truth and non-violence in their bearing on his conception of satyagraha and on his approach to the postcolonial Indian nation’.

Thomas Pantham, former Professor at M S University of Baroda, Baroda, India

Table of Contents

Foreword by Bhikhu Parekh



  1. Introduction: Understanding Gandhi — Why Gandhi Matters Today?
  2. Sanjeev Kumar


    Gandhian Philosophy: Theoretical Basis and Practical Dimensions

  3. Philosophy and Practice: A Gandhi-informed Approach
  4. Douglas Allen

  5. A Conceptual History of Gandhi’s Satyagraha
  6. Nishikant Kolge

  7. Gandhi’s Theory of Trusteeship: A Reappraisal
  8. Kazuya Ishii

  9. The Scrutinised Life: Gandhi and his Interlocutors
  10. Sanghamitra Sadhu


    Gandhi and Swaraj

  11. Swaraj in Gandhian Perspective: Some Reflections
  12. Ramchandra Pradhan

  13. Gandhian Swaraj: A Theory of Self-Knowledge
  14. Kumar Rahul

  15. The Different Connotations of Swaraj: Envisioning the Postcolonial Nation in Mahatma Gandhi, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray and Rabindranath Tagore
  16. Biswanath Banerjee


    Gandhi and Social Justice


  17. Modernity, Colonial Injustice and Individual Responsibility: A Study of Gandhi and Ambedkar
  18. Vidhu Verma

  19. The Ambedkar–Gandhi Debate (1931–1956): Alternative Approaches to Memory and Identity
  20. Bindu Puri

  21. Beyond the "Doctor and the Saint" Controversy: Reassessing Gandhi as a Social Crusader
  22. Mustakim Ansary

  23. Gandhi and the ‘Race’ Question
  24. Hari Nair, Swaha Das and Krishna Akhil Kumar Adavi


    Post-Gandhian Legacy: Issues and Challenges

  25. What Can India Learn from Gandhi Today?
  26. Antony Copley

  27. Waiting for the Waves: India against Corruption Movement and the Aam Aadmi Party — Post-Gandhian Legacies
  28. Mahendra Prasad Singh

  29. Gandhi’s Dialogical Truth Force: Applying Satyagraha Models of Practical Rational Inquiry to the Crises of Ecology, Global Governance, and Technology
  30. Gray Cox

  31. Gandhi: An Apostolic Architect of Humanism

Anandita Biswas


About the Editor

Sanjeev Kumar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi, India, since 2004. His main teaching and research interests are in the areas of Political Theory, Political Sociology of Disaster, Gandhian Philosophy and Peace Studies. He has several publications in national and international journals and books to his credit. His most recent book includes Rajniti Siddhant Ki Samajh (Understanding Political Theory, 2019). He has been Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) and Fellow at the Developing Countries Research Centre (DCRC), University of Delhi. Currently, he is also Fellow at the Centre for Ethics, Politics and Global Affairs, New Delhi, India.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies