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Selected Political Writings

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The first collection of Gandhi's writings to be based on the complete edition of his works, this new volume presents Gandhi's most important political writings arranged around the two central themes of his political teachings: satyagraha (the power of nonviolence) and swaraj (freedom). Dennis Dalton's general introduction and headnotes highlight the life of Gandhi, set the ...more
Paperback, 169 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Hackett Publishing Company
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Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Mahatma's collected works run to about 100 volumes. Having never read them (obviously) I can't address whether this slim volume is a good sampling. I can say, however, that Gandhi's writing style is wonderful. Clear and powerful, but also very personal and compelling.

The book is divided into two sections. The first contains writings related to satyagraha or nonviolent resistance. The second is devoted to swaraj: freedom or self-rule.

Jun 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this book along with Ronald Tercheck's "Gandhi: Struggle for Autonomy". Tercheck was my professor at the University of Maryland and he has done the legwork for the layman reader by sifting through the many writings of Gandhi to find the patterns and the many challenges that lead to the writings. To the western reader the notion of spinning our own clothes may seem outdated and even backwards but when we educate ourselves as to what was happening in India at that time the idea doesn't seem ...more
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Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very good book. Very easy to read, and it clearly explains some key and surprisingly (subtle) notions in Gandhi's political thought and rationales undergirding his civil disobedience. Before reading this book, I both (1)thought that Gandhi's thought was politically unsophisticated, and (2)that (1) was almost certainly incorrect. This book confirmed that Gandhi's thought is quite nuanced and much more defensible than I expected. I have thought at various times "Oh! This reminds me of what Rawls ...more
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All Americans should read this book right now.
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This is one of the best books I've ever read.
Maughn Gregory
Rarely have I read such a clear philosophical treatise on the unity of "swaraj" (freedom, independence, liberation) as necessarily both a political and a personal / spiritual agenda -- what I call, "working on the self, working on the world." The main ingredients of satyagraha are (1) a shared perception of an extreme injustice, (2) a shared conviction that civil disobedience offers a remedy, and (3) a community's willingness to overcome fear and recover self-respect through collective, nonviole ...more
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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.

The son of a senior government official, Gandhi was born and raised in a Hindu Bania community in coastal Gu
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