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Social and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi

1st Edition

By Bidyut Chakrabarty


248 pages

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During his campaign against racism in South Africa, and his involvement in the Congress-led nationalist struggle against British colonial rule in India, Mahatma Gandhi developed a new form of political struggle based on the idea of satyagraha, or non-violent protest. He ushered in a new era of nationalism in India by articulating the nationalist protest in the language of non-violence, or ahisma, that galvanized the masses into action.

Focusing on the principles of satyagraha and non-violence, and their evolution in the context of anti-imperial movements organized by Gandhi, this fascinating book looks at how these precepts underwent changes reflecting the ideological beliefs of the participants. Assessing Gandhi and his ideology, the text centres on the ways in which Gandhi took into account the views of other leading personalities of the era whilst articulating his theory of action.

Concentrating on Gandhi’s writings in Harijan, the weekly newspaper he founded, this volume provides a unique contextualized study of an iconic man’s social and political ideas.


'This is a book that would be of use to postgraduate students, seasoned researchers and practioners alike.' - Political Studies Review

Table of Contents

1. Gandhi: The Idea of Swaraj 2. The Mahatma at the Grassroots: The Praxis of Ahimsa or Non Violence 3. Politics and Ideology: Critique of Gandhi 4. Gandhi's Writings in Harijan: Discussion and Interpretation 5. Introducing the Text. Conclusion. Bibliography. Glossary

About the Author

Bidyut Chakrabarty is Professor in Political Science at the University of Delhi, India.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General