ISBN : 9780199491490
Douglas Allen argues that Gandhi offers to us the most profound and influential theory, philosophy, and engaged practices of ahimsa or nonviolence. Embracing Gandhi's insightful critiques of modernity, the book sees his approach as a creative and challenging catalyst to rethink our positions today. We live in a post-9/11 world that is defined by widespread physical, psychological, economic, political, cultural, religious, technological, and environmental violence and that is increasingly unsustainable. The author's central claim is Gandhi, when selectively appropriated and creatively reformulated and applied, is essential for formulating new positions that are more nonviolent and more sustainable. These provide resources and hope for dealing with our contemporary crises. The author analyzes what a Gandhi-informed, valuable but humanly limited swaraj technology looks like and what a Gandhi-informed, more egalitarian, interconnected, bottom-up, decentralized world of globalization looks like. The book focuses on key themes in Gandhi's thought, such as violence and nonviolence, Absolute Truth and relative truth, ethical and spiritual living. Challenging us to consider nonviolent, moral, and truthful transformative alternatives today, the author moves through essays on Gandhi in the age of technology; Gandhi after 9/11 and 26/11 terrorism; Gandhi's controversial views on the Bhagavad-Gita and Hind Swaraj; Gandhi and Vedanta; Gandhi on socialism; Gandhi and marginality, caste, class, race, and oppressed others.
1. Introduction: The Relevance of Gandhi for India and the Contemporary World
2. Gandhian Philosophy: Theoretical Basis with Primacy of Practice
3. Is Gandhi a Vedantist?
4. How Can Gandhi Interpret his Favorite Bhagavad-Gita as a Gospel of Nonviolence?
5. Personal Reflections on Reading Hind Swaraj and Indian Reactions
6. Is Gandhi's Approach to Technology Irrelevant in the Modern Age of Technology?
7. Terrorism and Violence: Gandhi After 9/11/01 in the U.S. and 26/11/08 in India
8. Gandhi and Socialism
9. Rewriting Marginality: Minority Literature, Hermeneutical Insights, and Gandhian Challenges
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