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Debating Gandhi A Reader
Debating Gandhi A Reader
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Gandhi continues to be a subject of enduring interest for students, scholars, and general readers across the world. In the nearly six decades since his death, a large and diverse range of writing-comparative, expository, dialogical, and biographical-has appeared on Gandhi. This volume puts together different interpretations of the Mahatma's views on myriad issues and, in doing so, it travels beyond existing scholarship.

Presenting contesting positions of renowned scholars on issues critical for understanding Gandhi as a thinker and a historical phenomenon, these essays sweep a wide canvas. Differing views on the impact of traditional ideas and western influences on Gandhi; is negotiations with modernity; his views on modern science and influence over contemporary environmental movements; his idea of truth; his views on women and whether they broke from the thinking of the nineteenth century reformers; and his complex intellectual relationship with the other great champion of India's oppressed classes, Babasaheb Ambedkar, are all discussed in some detail.

The essays focus attention on issues of continuing relevance-tradition, modernity, nation, women, and caste-thereby giving the volume a contemporary flavour. The juxtaposition of standpoints for debates- the leitmotif of the volume-promotes a fruitful preoccupation with an original thinker whose ideas and practices deserve far more than either adoration or dismissal.

This Gandhi reader will interest students and scholars of politics, history, philosophy as well as general readers and admirers of Gandhi.

A. Raghuramaraju is Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Hyderabad, India.

CONTENTS
Introduction1
A. RAGHURAMARAJU
I
1Traditional Influences on the Thought of Mahatma Gandhi19
A. L. Basham
2Final Encounter: The Politics of the Assassination of Gandhi45
Ashis Nandy
II
3The Moment of Manoeuvre: Gandhi and the Critique of Civil Society75
Partha Chatterjee
4On the Promotion of Gandhian Studies at the University Level129
A. K. Saran
5Indianization of Autobiography151
Bhikhu Parekh
III
6The Machine175
Sunil Sahasrabudhey
7Reinventing Gandhi195
Shiv Visvanathan
8Mahatma Gandhi and the Environmental Movement223
Ramachandra Guha
IV
9Mahatma Gandhi239
Sumit Sarkar
10Gandhi's Integrity: The Philosophy behind the Politics248
Akeel Bilgrami
V
11Gandhi on Women269
Madhu Kishwar
12Construction and Reconstruction of Woman in Gandhi 324
Sujata Patel
VI
13Self-purification versus Self-respect: On the Roots of the Dalit Movement359
D. R. Nagaraj
Notes on Contributors389

Debating Gandhi A Reader

Item Code:
IDI574
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2006
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
ISBN:
0195681142
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388
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From the Jacket

Gandhi continues to be a subject of enduring interest for students, scholars, and general readers across the world. In the nearly six decades since his death, a large and diverse range of writing-comparative, expository, dialogical, and biographical-has appeared on Gandhi. This volume puts together different interpretations of the Mahatma's views on myriad issues and, in doing so, it travels beyond existing scholarship.

Presenting contesting positions of renowned scholars on issues critical for understanding Gandhi as a thinker and a historical phenomenon, these essays sweep a wide canvas. Differing views on the impact of traditional ideas and western influences on Gandhi; is negotiations with modernity; his views on modern science and influence over contemporary environmental movements; his idea of truth; his views on women and whether they broke from the thinking of the nineteenth century reformers; and his complex intellectual relationship with the other great champion of India's oppressed classes, Babasaheb Ambedkar, are all discussed in some detail.

The essays focus attention on issues of continuing relevance-tradition, modernity, nation, women, and caste-thereby giving the volume a contemporary flavour. The juxtaposition of standpoints for debates- the leitmotif of the volume-promotes a fruitful preoccupation with an original thinker whose ideas and practices deserve far more than either adoration or dismissal.

This Gandhi reader will interest students and scholars of politics, history, philosophy as well as general readers and admirers of Gandhi.

A. Raghuramaraju is Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Hyderabad, India.

CONTENTS
Introduction1
A. RAGHURAMARAJU
I
1Traditional Influences on the Thought of Mahatma Gandhi19
A. L. Basham
2Final Encounter: The Politics of the Assassination of Gandhi45
Ashis Nandy
II
3The Moment of Manoeuvre: Gandhi and the Critique of Civil Society75
Partha Chatterjee
4On the Promotion of Gandhian Studies at the University Level129
A. K. Saran
5Indianization of Autobiography151
Bhikhu Parekh
III
6The Machine175
Sunil Sahasrabudhey
7Reinventing Gandhi195
Shiv Visvanathan
8Mahatma Gandhi and the Environmental Movement223
Ramachandra Guha
IV
9Mahatma Gandhi239
Sumit Sarkar
10Gandhi's Integrity: The Philosophy behind the Politics248
Akeel Bilgrami
V
11Gandhi on Women269
Madhu Kishwar
12Construction and Reconstruction of Woman in Gandhi 324
Sujata Patel
VI
13Self-purification versus Self-respect: On the Roots of the Dalit Movement359
D. R. Nagaraj
Notes on Contributors389
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