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. The book highlights the debates within Gandhism and imparts a nuanced understanding of other Gandhian thinkers. Further, it presents several discourses in modern Indian political thought by analysing the interplay of narratives.

Locating Kumarappa in Gandhism After Gandhi

Locating kumarappa in gandhism after gandhi

Exploring political thought is not only about how the ideas of a particular thinker got shaped in a particular period; it is also to explore how and why the ideas of a particular thinker were recognized with prominence in the history of ideas and how certain ideas remained ignored for a long time; and when these ignored ideas surface, how are they perceived? In case of J. C. Kumarappa, as the preceding chapters show, the marginalization of his ideas seems to have resulted from the allegedly communist content in his writings and in the emanating positions. If Kumarappa was perceived as a latent supporter of communism during his lifetime, a recent study by ...

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