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Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #37)

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) was one of the few men in history to fight simultaneously on moral, religious, political, social, economic, and cultural fronts. During his time as a lawyer in South Africa he developed his strategy of non-violence: the idea of opposing unjust laws by non-violent protest. He led the Indian National Congress party in three major campai ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published June 7th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1997)
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Andrew Lee
Nov 12, 2015 Andrew Lee rated it it was amazing
Though not as "very short" as I expected, about 130 pages in tiny font, this book packed a punch.

The book aims to provide an introduction and critical discussion of Gandhi's beliefs and philosophies on spirituality, religion, morality, justice and good governance, and how his beliefs and actions centring around non-violence and suffering love impacted society. It places a lower priority on the details of his personal life.

Bhikhu Parekh is a very effective writer, able to communicate complex idea
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Aaron
May 31, 2014 Aaron rated it really liked it
This was one of the best Very Short Introductions I've read. The author did an excellent job distilling Gandhis life and philosophy to around 140 pages. I discovered that I need to read more books about or by Gandhi. I agree with approximately 75% of his political and "spiritual" views. His views on human dignity, non-violence, non-compulsion, and the importance of agency all strike a chord with me.
Yumna Hari
Oct 21, 2014 Yumna Hari rated it really liked it
Erudite, concise and a great introduction to Gandhi moral, religious and political thought and actions.
Ncraddieth
Aug 04, 2014 Ncraddieth rated it really liked it
Very insightful and informative.
Jaiveer Singh
Jun 01, 2012 Jaiveer Singh rated it really liked it
After reading this book, I realized why MK Gandhi is above all great politicians of his time and our time as well and how this he learnt and analysed fundamental principles of human societies which acts as foundation for any state or country. He leveraged this knwoeldge to turnaround British Rule in india.

Kathleen
Sep 04, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Parekh's introduction is well-written, clear, understandable, and broad in scope. And excellent introduction to Gandhi's life, political activism, and thought.
Melinda Miller
Apr 24, 2011 Melinda Miller rated it really liked it
It was very interesting, but sometimes hard to read.
Steve Mitchell
Jul 30, 2011 Steve Mitchell rated it really liked it
Does exactly what it says on the cover!
Dorothy
Jan 29, 2013 Dorothy rated it really liked it
Thanks for this book, G.
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Bhikhu Chotalal Parekh is an eminent political theorist in Britain and an active member in the House of Lords. During his tenure, he has contributed immensely towards societal changes that were once a major cause of concern to Britain's culture in the early 70's.

He was born in a small hamlet known as Amalsad in the state of Gujarat to a middle class family. He enrolled into Mumbai University to e
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