Gandhi in Contemporary Times
This volume brings together essays that discuss and contextualise Gandhi’s ideas on pluralism, religious identity, non-violence, satyagraha, and modernity. It interrogates the epistemic foundations of Gandhian thinking and weltanschauung, identifies diverse strands within his arguments, and gives it new meaning in contemporary society.
This book focuses on Gandhi’s engagements with religious, political, and social conflicts; his reflections on faith and modernity; and his argumentative dialogues with Mohammad Ali Jinnah and B. R. Ambedkar. It provides critical insights into Gandhi’s philosophy and suggests ways of engaging with his ethical and moral ideas in contemporary intellectual and political discourse. Comparing and contrasting Gandhian thought and strategies with contemporary issues and conceptions of religious freedom, conflict resolution, and liberalism, the volume reformulates and reconstitutes his intellectual and political legacy.
This book points to new and possible future directions of research on Gandhian concepts and will be useful for scholars in the fields of political science, Gandhian studies, sociology, and philosophy.
List of Contributors. Preface. Introduction S K Srivastava 1. Spirituality and Plurality of Religions: A Gandhian Perspective Mrinal Miri 2. Mahatma Gandhi and Religious Freedom Arvind Sharma 3. Religious Conflicts: A Critique of Gandhian Methods Ashok Vohra 4. Interfacing Ambedkar and Gandhi Valerian Rodrigues 5. Gandhi’s Imagination of Muslims Hilal Ahmed 6. Gandhi, Kant and Superstition Apaar Kumar 7. The Technology Driven Modern World and Gandhi Anoop George 8. Negotiating Differences in a Gandhian Way: Ahimsa, Love, Compassion and the Gift of Fearlessness Bindu Puri. Index.