Mohandas Gandhi: Experiments in Civil Disobedience - Revolutionary Lives (Paperback)
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Mohandas Gandhi: Experiments in Civil Disobedience - Revolutionary Lives (Paperback)

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Published: 20/01/2019
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Mohandas Gandhi, icon of Indian liberation, remains an inspiration for anti-capitalists and peace activists globally. His campaigns for national liberation based on non-violence and mass civil disobedience were critical to defeating the power of the British Empire.

This biography examines his campaigns from South Africa to India to evaluate the successes and failures of non-violent resistance. Seventy years after his death, his legacy remains contested: was he a saint, revolutionary, class conciliator, or self-obsessed spiritual zealot?

The contradictions of Gandhi’s politics are unpicked through an analysis of the social forces at play in the mass movement around him. Entrusted to liberate the oppressed of India, his key support base were industrialists, landlords and the rich peasantry. Gandhi’s moral imperatives often clashed with these vested material interests, as well as with more radical currents to his left.

Today, our world is scarred by permanent wars, racism and violence, environmental destruction and economic crisis. Can non-violent resistance win against state and corporate power? This book explores Gandhi’s experiments in civil disobedience to assess their relevance for struggles today.

Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745334288
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 231 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Cuts through the extensive literature on Gandhi to produce a vibrant portrait of a world historical figure ... avoiding a simplistic judgement on this vastly important man for India's national struggle' - Vijay Prashad, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research

'Considering all the biographies that glorify Gandhi, this concise book adopts a refreshing and consistently critical approach' - Dr Yasmin Khan, author of 'The Raj at War: A People's History of India's Second World War'

'This is an outstanding book on Gandhi's life. Ahmed relates Gandhi to the struggles of anti-imperialist forces and illuminates his innovations in tactics of political resistance' - Meghnad Desai, author of 'The Rediscovery of India'

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