A Window Into Gandhi’s Vision To ‘Swaraj’ For Indiathe Book
Time and again, Mahatma Gandhi’s life, work and philosophy have played pivotal roles in bringing positive change in society. Poorna Swaraj, through its reading of Constructive Programme: Its Meaning and Place, opens a window to his vision of attaining real and complete independence or ‘swaraj’ for India. With his ideas on communal unity, removal of untouchability, prohibition, basic education, emancipation of women, advisasis’ concerns, farmers’ distress, demystification of leprosy, the role of khadi, charkha, village, and small-scale industries, among others-this book brings to light Gandhi’s roadmap for an egalitarian society. This first critical edition, with a comprehensive contextual introduction by Dhananjay Rai, sets the backdrop for readers to understand Gandhi’s thoughts on making an ideal society.
Amazingly relevant and thought-provoking, Poorna Swaraj is a must-read for students and scholars of history, social science, politics, and Gandhian studies. An invaluable companion for policymakers and general readers, this book is a treasure trove.
It contributes to current analyses of the health of liberal democracies.– Rajmohan Gandhi
An impressive contribution to Gandhian studies.– Bhikhu Parekh
This work merits attention.– Gopal Guru
An extremely valuable and timely work.– Prabhat Patnaik
About the Author
M. K. Gandhi was born in 1869 in Porbandar, India. He studied law in London and was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1891. He worked to improve the rights of immigrant Indians in South Africa and returned to India in 1915 to take up the struggle for independence from Britain. Gandhi never wavered in his belief of nonviolent protests and in 1947, he succeeded in uniting India with a national movement. In January 1948 Gandhi was assassinated as he walked to take his evening prayers.
About the editor
Dhananjay Rai teaches political theory, political thought, and education at the Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India.