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In contrast to the existing literature on the subject, this book carries a context-driven conceptualization of the major strands of political thought that emerged in India in the past two centuries. It focuses on India's peculiar socio-political processes under colonialism that influenced the evolution of such thoughts. The distinguishing feature of this book is its linking of the text of Indian political thought with the context. In doing so, it challenges the ethno-centric interpretation of nationalism that despite its roots in western Enlightenment, evolved differently because of the context in which it was articulated.
Chapter 3: Mahatma Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1868–1948), popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi continues to provoke interest even after more than half a century after his assassination in 1948. The much hyped reenactment of the famous Dandi Yatra (march) in India in 2005 which Gandhi undertook in 1930 as part of his famous salt satyagraha is perhaps suggestive of the relevance of Gandhian technique in political mobilisation in contemporary India. It is true that Richard Attenborough's film on Gandhi immensely popularised Gandhi all over the world, though Gandhi remains an important topic of research and discussion among those interested in exploring ...