Delhi University: Reading Gandhi

Feb 3rd, 2012
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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has attained an iconic status in the world and in history is undisputable. About a hundred volumes of his collected works have been published by the Government of India, more than three thousand five hundred books have been written on Gandhi, and his symbols and words continue to inspire and encourage.

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IntroductionMohandas Karamchand Gandhi has attained aniconic status in the world and in history is undisputable.About a hundred volumes of his collected works havebeen published by the Government of India, more thanthree thousand five hundred books have been written onGandhi, and his symbols and words continue to inspireand encourage. As we celebrate a hundred years of hisacknowledged magnum opus Hind Swaraj, it is time toreflect on the importance of both the text and thecontext of this renowned work. Hind Swaraj is a seminaland a foundational work, and it is widely seen as the bibleof non-violent revolutions as well as providing the blueprint of all kinds of revolutions. Though Gandhi wroteextensively, Hind Swaraj was his earliest text, in which hequestioned the accepted myths and the truths of histimes. The text is not only a tract on politicalmethodology, philosophy or political movements; it is astatement of faith. Therefore, its relevance goes muchbeyond the time frame in which it was written.Gandhi wrote this short tract in 1909 originally inGujarati on a return voyage from London to South Africa.9 Reflections on Hind SwarajHe completed the work in short period of ten days, andwhen his right hand was tired he wrote with his left hand.It appears that the ideas in the book were written in astate of frenzy, and that these ideas formulated fasterthan his words. The text consists of twenty shortchapters, cast in the form of a dialogue between

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