Author: Bhikhu Parekh
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761993835
Gandhi was profoundly disturbed by the degenerate state of Indian society. One of his lifelong preoccupations was to explore a new moral order appropriate to India in the modern age. How he went about this task is the central concern of this widely acclaimed book on Gandhi.
This is the first time Gandhi’s ideas and actions have been analysed in this manner. The book’s appeal will not be limited to those studying Gandhi but will be invaluable for all those interested in Indian philosophy, religion, history, politics and sociology.
First published in 1989. This revised edition includes a new chapter dealing with the Marxist critique of Gandhi. It also incorporates new and hitherto inaccessible material, takes into account recent published works on Gandhi, and draws upon the author’s won deeper understanding of Gandhi.
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION
Parekh’s excellent book sets out Gandhi’s main ideas in a clear and cogent form….Convincing places Gandhi’s thought within a more general nineteenth century context.
-Gordon Johnson, Political Studies
Closely reasoned, well documented and elegantly written…Rarely has Gandhi been so closely examined under the microscope of a political scientist.
-B R Nanda, The Indian Economic and Social History Review
A fine book, a most welcome one.
-Judith Brown, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics
Wiser and more convincing explanations of the Mahatma may exist, but I have yet to read them.
-Ian Jack, New Statesman and Society
An exceptionally important contribution to the literature on Gandhi. Parekh’s style is elegant and his interpretations shine like diamonds.
-C W Paige, Choice
Preface to the Revised Edition
Hindu Responses to British Rule
Gandhi and Yugadharma
Theory of Non-Violence
Dialogue with the Terrorists
Sex, Energy and Politics
Discourse on Untouchability
Indianisation of Autobiography
Gandhi and the Bourgeoisie
About the Author