1st Edition

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

Edited By Rajeev Bhargava Copyright 2022
    370 Pages
    by Routledge India

    370 Pages
    by Routledge India

    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.


    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



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