Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. In India, he is recognized as the Father of the Nation. A British-educated lawyer, Gandhi first employed his ideas of peaceful civil disobedience in the Indian community's struggle for civil rights in South Africa. Upon his return to India, he le...more
This is one of Gandhi's first texts, written in 1909, in which he lays out his arguments for Indian home rule. He advocates for an Indian nationalism not based on imitating the British in any way, describing British (and Western) civilization as a sickness. A lot here against machinery, against lawyers, against Western doctors, against trains, against violence. You can see that the basis of...more
I read this book for a Humanities course I did in college - 'Moral Literacy, Moral Choices' and in the final exam, in response to one question ('What did you think of this book?' or something to that effect), I spent about five pages arguing logically in detail against many of the view-points expressed in the book, and all I got ba...more
I think it is important to read this book.
His idea of Swaraj is certainly noble BUT...read for yourself and know why there is this *but*?
The son of a senior government official, Gandhi was born and raised in a Hindu Bania community in coastal Gu...more