Gandhi on self-rule

05.04.2020 - By Talking Politics: HISTORY OF IDEAS

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Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj (1909) was a defining text of the movement for Indian independence from British colonial rule. It also articulated a radical new idea of politics in a modern context – peaceful protest or non-violent resistance. David explores the wider legacy of Gandhi’s ideas and asks what Gandhi’s withering attack on ‘machine’ politics means for the politics we have today.

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Going Deeper:
- Stephen Haggard on Gandhi for the LRB
- M.K. Gandhi, An autobiography: or the story with my experiments of truth (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2001).
- Ramachandra Guha, Gandhi: The Years that Changed the World 1915-1948
- Talking Politics with Ramachandra Guha on Gandhi’s politics
- Bhikhu Parekh, Gandhi: a very short introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
- Martin Luther King, ‘My Trip to the Land of Gandhi’
- E.M. Forster, ‘The Machine Stops’
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