This book maps the genesis and development of Gandhi’s idea of non-violence. It traces the evolution of the message of peace from its first expressions in South Africa to Gandhi’s later campaigns against British rule in India, most prominently the Salt March campaign of 1930. It argues that Gandhi’s blueprint for change must be adopted in the present, as the world craters on the precipice of catastrophic climate change, and the threat of nuclear war hangs over our heads.
A timely book for uncertain times, this work is a reminder of the value of peace in the 21st century. It will be of great interest to general readers as well as scholars and researchers of peace and conflict studies, politics, philosophy, history, and South Asian studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Gandhi as a Peacemaker 1. Intellectual Origins of Gandhi’s Philosophy of Peace 2. The Three Pillars of Gandhian Perspective on Peace 3. Gandhian Pedagogy for Peace 4. Gandhi and the Struggle for Peace Conclusion: Gandhi and the Future of Peace
Ramin Jahanbegloo is an Iranian–Canadian philosopher. He is presently the Executive Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Nonviolence and Peace Studies and the Vice-Dean of the School of Law at Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India. He is the winner of the Peace Prize from the United Nations Association in Spain (2009) for his extensive academic work in promoting dialogue among cultures and his advocacy for nonviolence. More recently he is the winner of the Josep Palau i Fabre International Essay Prize. Some of his most recent publications are Gadflies in the Public Space (2016), The Decline of Civilization (2017), Letters to a Young Philosopher (2017), On Forgiveness and Revenge (2017) and The Global Gandhi: Essays in Comparative Political Philosophy (2018).