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Mohandas Gandhi : Experiments in Civil Disobedience

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Mohandas Gandhi, the most iconic figure of Indian nationalism, remains an inspiration for anti-capitalists and peace activists globally. His campaigns for national liberation based on non-violence and mass civil disobedience were critical to defeating the power of the British Empire in 1947.This biography examines his campaigns from South Africa to India to evaluate the successes and failures of Satyagraha and Ahimsa. Seventy years after his death, his legacy remains contested: was he a saint, revolutionary, class conciliator, or self-obsessed spiritual zealot? The contradictions of Gandhi's politics are unpicked through an analysis of the social forces at play in the mass movement around him. Entrusted to liberate the oppressed of India, his key support base were industrialists, landlords and the rich peasantry. Gandhi's moral imperatives often clashed with these vested material interests, as well as with more radical currents to his left. Today, our world is scarred by permanent wars, racism and violence, environmental destruction and economic crisis. Can non-violent resistance win against state and corporate power? This book explores Gandhi's experiments in civil disobedience to assess their relevance for struggles today.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745334288
  • 9780745334288

About Talat Ahmed

Talat Ahmed teaches History at the University of Edinburgh. She is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a member of the British Association for South Asian Studies. Her research focuses on the intellectual and cultural history of modern South Asia.show more

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Early Life: A National Hero from a Princely State 2. Champion of the Oppressed 3. War and Peace 4. The Left 5. Anti-State Libertarian 6. Eco-Warrior Conclusionshow more