Gandhian Engagement with Capital: Perspectives of J C Kumarappa (Hardback)Chaitra Redkar (author)
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Gandhian Engagement with Capital: Perspectives of J C Kumarappa comprehensively presents the Gandhian ideas on economic development and political economy.
Within this larger context, it focuses on the towering contributions of J C Kumarappa, the pioneer of the Gandhian model of economic development, and describes, from his standpoint, how the moral and political dispositions of Gandhism amount to a critique of capitalism. The book also covers in detail the major facets of Kumarappa's contribution to Gandhism: developing a non-mechanized, non-capitalist model of industrialization; presenting the holistic development approach; reflecting on the role of the state in facilitating a village-centric economy; and exploring the role of religion in developing the moral foundation of the Gandhian political economy. These reflect the historical context of Kumarappa's scholarship and his deep understanding of the various dimensions of Gandhian thought.
Publisher: SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 215 x 139 mm
Dr J. C. Kumarappa was a prominent Gandhian economist who attempted 'green' critique of both capitalism and communism as both followed the development policies, enhanced inequality and deprived a large number of people from their livelihood. His critique was based on the Gandhian critique of sustainable development. Kumarappa criticized capital because of its money economy, mechanized industrialism, centralization of power and production fuelled by consumerism. Instead, he advocated development of a network of village industries, the khadi and skill-based handicrafts, and agriculture based on farmers' collectives. He criticized the Bhoodan movement for distributing land to the farmers instead of forming their collectives. The Gandhian environmentalism of Kumarappa is deeply rooted in Gandhian ethics and development concerns of the Third-World countries. Dr Chaitra Redkar has admirably brought out the main features of Kumarappa's ideas as well as their contemporary relevance. -- Ashok Chousalkar * Former Professor, Department of Political Science, Shivaji University *
The present volume which is built around the socio-economic ideas of J. C. Kumarappa acquires seminal importance, particularly in the context where Kumarappa's contribution has been inadequately covered by scholars. One has to also appreciate the intellectual importance of this volume for another, perhaps more important reason-that it opens up a new dimension of Gandhian economics. The volume manifests to the readers the formative influence of the Western intellectual tradition that shaped Kumarappa's thought. But this, as the volume suggests, does not leave an everlasting impact on Kumarappa's thought. Gandhian influence had determinative impact on the ideas of Kumarappa. More interestingly, the volume brings forth the reflective character of Kumarappa's thought which is critical of the Western economy and also the modernist economic thinking within the Congress Party. Of course, the vantage point of this double critique is the Gandhian moral/political economy. -- Gopal Guru * Professor, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University *
The world is going through a difficult period. On the one hand the world seems to be progressing, but at what cost?... One can find some answers to such difficult questions in J. C. Kumarappa's thinking. He was a true Gandhian in all sense. He believed in 'small is beautiful'. It is Antyodaya (uplift of the last), base of Gandhian economic thinking. Today it is all the more relevant. Unfortunately, after Independence many intellectuals like J. C. Kumarappa were forgotten. It is time to remind the young generations born after partition what kind of socio-political-economic thinking our freedom fighters had and what kind of society they visualized.... My sincere opinion is this book by Chaitra will contribute in a big way. Such a book in the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi will make all the more impact. -- Jatin Desai * Veteran Gandhian activist, journalist, Former General Secretary of Pakistan-India Peoples' Forum for Peace and Democracy and Ex-Bureau Member of South Asians for Human Rights *