The Impossible Indian: Gandhi and the Temptation of Violence
by Faisal Devji
"The Impossible Indian" offers a rare, fresh view of Gandhi as a hard-hitting political thinker willing to countenance the greatest violence in pursuit of a global vision that went far beyond a nationalist agenda. Revising the conventional view of the Mahatma as an isolated Indian moralist detached from the mainstream of twentieth-century politics, Faisal Devji offers a pr...more
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published August 2012 by Harvard University Press
(first published March 1st 2011)
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Very innovative in the approach. You normally don't think of Gandhi as a philosopher of violence, rather than of nonviolence, but Devji's argument in this regard is compelling. However, I did find a lot of the language to be sloppy, and intended to find a unity in Gandhi's thought where no unity exists. This book piqued me to write the following post about how Gandhi is not a logical, structured, theorist. http://videshisutra.com/2014/03/10/ga...
Not a light read. More for those looking to delve into Gandhi's philosophy than his life. But there's a popular trend to depict Gandhi now as a weirdo/elitist/naive idealist/self-serving maniac, and this book rescues him from and reminds us what a radical genius he was. Many of his ideas were unrealistic or misunderstood, but this book leaves you feeling that he was fundamentally right about the need to break out of the usual attack-and-counter-attack of politics.