Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj (1909) was a defining text of the movement for Indian independence from British colonial rule. It also articulated a radical new idea of politics in a modern context – peaceful protest or non-violent resistance. David explores the wider legacy of Gandhi’s ideas and asks what Gandhi’s withering attack on ‘machine’ politics means for the politics we have today.
Free online version of the text:https://www.mkgandhi.org/ebks/hind_swaraj.pdf
Recommended version to purchase:https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/politics-international-relations/texts-political-thought/gandhi-hind-swaraj-and-other-writings-2nd-edition?format=PB
Going Deeper:Stephen Haggard on Gandhi for the LRBM.K. Gandhi, An autobiography: or the story with my experiments of truth (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2001).Ramachandra Guha, Gandhi: The Years that Changed the World 1915-1948Talking Politics with Ramachandra Guha on Gandhi’s politicsBhikhu Parekh, Gandhi: a very short introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).Martin Luther King, ‘My Trip to the Land of Gandhi’E.M. Forster, ‘The Machine Stops’
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