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Politics, Ethics and the Self
Re-reading Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj

Edited By

Rajeev Bhargava

ISBN 9780367488598
Published June 23, 2022 by Routledge India
370 Pages

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Book Description

Hind Swaraj by Mahatma Gandhi is arguably the greatest text to have emerged from the anti-colonial movement in India and the first to seriously challenge the cultural and civilizational premises of the colonizers’ mentality. It is also the first text in India that falls within the broad tradition of modern political philosophy, advancing a complex cluster of theses with conceptual sensitivity, analytical precision, and sustained argument.

This book critically engages with Hind Swaraj and explores the fascinating and subtle dialogue set up by Gandhi between the characters of the reader and the editor. With essays from leading contemporary thinkers on Gandhi, the volume looks at themes such as Gandhi on epistemic servitude, decolonization, and intercultural translation; his complex critique of modern civilization; his views on the empire, democracy, citizenship, and violence; the normative structure of Gandhian thought; Gandhi and the political praxis of educational reconstruction; and how to read this text. 

An important intervention in Gandhian studies, this book will be useful for scholars and researchers of peace studies, political philosophy, Indian philosophy, Indian political thought, political sociology, and South Asian studies.

Table of Contents


Rajeev Bhargava


Part 1: The truncated ethic of modern civilization

1. The Originality of Hind Swaraj

Anthony J. Parel


2.  Gandhi and the Debate about Civilization

Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne Hoeber Rudolph


3. English Rule Without the Englishman: Citizenship, Subalternity, and Gandhi's ‘Reader’

Ajay Skaria


4. Reflections on Gandhi’s Anti-Modernism

Akeel Bilgrami


5. Hind Swaraj: A Historical Necessity

Nandkishore Acharya


6. On the Normative Structure of Gandhian Thought: With Special Reference to Hind Swaraj

Satish K. Jain


Part 2: Empire, politics, and violence 

Empire and Violence, or the Foes in Hind Swaraj

Rajmohan Gandhi


8. Political Self-Rule: Gandhi and the Future of Democracy

Fred Reinhard Dallmayr


9. Politics and Violence: Gandhi’s Ambivalence to Democracy

Uday Singh Mehta


10. A Nationalism Open Towards the World

Jeremy Webber


Part 3: Colonization of minds

11.  Learning from the South: Gandhi and Intercultural Translation

Boaventura de Sousa Santos


12. Beyond Decolonizing Knowledge: Revisiting the Svaraj in Ideas Debate

Shail Mayaram


13. Gandhi And Political Praxis of Educational Reconstruction, 1909–1938

Joseph Bara


Part 4: Cultivating self

14. Could Hind Swaraj Presuppose a Theory of Judgment?

Sasheej Hegde


15. Gandhi: Calling to Non-Violence Joined by a Strong Pragmatism 

Gangeya Mukherji  


16. Afterlife of a Text: Hind Swaraj and the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha

Hilal Ahmed


17. Sheherezade and Hind Swaraj

Lucy Nusseibeh and Sari Nusseibeh


18. Gandhi’s Twin Fasts and the Possibility of Non-Violence

Sudhir Chandra


Part 5: How to read Hind Swaraj

Reading Hind Swarajya/Swaraj in Two Languages

Tridip Suhrud


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Rajeev Bhargava is former Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India.