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Is everything personal also private? The modern world is neatly compartmentalized into the private and the public, and the personal is often used interchangeably with the private as if they are the same. But are they? The book starts a new discourse by distinguishing the two and analyzing existing discourses of history, culture, politics, ethics, and law, asserts that the underlying theory is vastly different, often antagonistic. It radically changes the notions of the public, private, and personal by introducing the public–private–personal “triad,” challenging the modern binary of the public and private. This original and insightful book will provoke readers to rethink their use of the personal and the private as two different notions for the same thing.

Gandhi and the Ethics of the Personal: Is Personal the Terroristic Unity of Private and Public?
Gandhi and the ethics of the personal: Is personal the terroristic unity of private and public?

I think the political life must be an echo of private life and that there cannot be any divorce between the two.

—Mahatma Gandhi (Gandhi 1996: 109)

I write the truth as I personally see it.

—Mahatma Gandhi (Gandhi 1996: 236)

The genesis of the postcolonial critiques of Gandhi could be paradigmati-cally rendered in two or three constructions where the Gandhian discourse could be seen to have been—if we are to abide by their conclusions—either a self-contradictory discourse of manoeuver1 or an originary critique of enlightened modernity. The first position articulated Gandhian discourse as a site where ...

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