Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi took pride in calling himself a Sanatani Hindu. He lived by what he professed. Indeed, he spiritualized his entire political existence and his very opinion, world view and discourse was weighted with morality and ethics born of Hindu Dharma.
This timely compilation of Mahatma Gandhi’s views on Hindu Dharma is a remarkable and systematically arranged compendium of his ideas on every aspect of India’s social and political life.
Gandhi’s views – disseminated through many short essays in Harijan and other journals of his time – on Sanatan Dharma, idol worship, Rama as a God, compulsory teaching of Gita in schools, conversion, cow-slaughter and protection, varnashramas, untouchability and other aspects are presented here in his own words.
This volume is indispensable for scholars of Modern South Asian History, Gandhian Thought, Colonialism and Religious Studies.
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Table of Contents
PART I: GOD, PART II: HINDUISM PART III: VARNA & DHARMA, PART IV: THE GITA, PART V: TEMPLE-WORSHIP, PART VI: RAMANAMA, PART VII: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, PART VIII: CONVERSION, PART IX: EQUALITY OF RELIGIONS, PART X: PRAYER, PART XI: FASTING AND ; PURIFICATION, PART XII: COW PROTECTION, PART XIII: VEGETERIANISM, PART XIV: NON-VIOLENCE, PART XV: UNTOUCHABILITY, PART XVI: BRAHMANA – ; NON-BRAHMANA, PART XVII: TRUTH AND; ASHRAM VOWS, PART XVIII: CHILD MARRIAGE, PART XIX: MARRIAGE AND ; WIDOWHOOD, PART XX: SONS AND DAUGHTERS, PART XXI: MISCELLANEOUS
Neerja Arun Gupta is the Principal of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Sheth R.A.P.G. College of Arts and Commerce, Ahmedabad, and Syndicate Member of Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. She is also International Academic Chair for Global Organization of People of Indian Origin, U.S.A. as well as the Director of the Study Abroad Programme & Diaspora and Migration Research Center at Gujarat University, Ahmedabad.