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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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Ahmad Sharabiani
Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #37), Bhikhu C. Parekh

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 campaigns against British rule, each culminating
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Daniel Wright
If you're anything like me, your knowledge of Gandhi is probably a disorganised mess. This book provides an excellent remedy.

Chapter 1: Life and work
Chapter 2: Religious thought
Chapter 3: Human nature
Chapter 4: Satyāgraha
Chapter 5: Critique of modernity
Chapter 6: The vision of a non-violent society
Chapter 7: Critical appreciation
Tuangchok Jalikula
คานธี หนึงในบุคคลสำคัญทางประวัติศาสตรของอินเดีย ชายผูสรางชาติอินเดีย ชายผูไดรับเสนอชือเขารับรางวัลโนเบลสาขาสันติภาพ และบุคคลสำคัญทีโลกตองจดจำ การตอสูดวยวิธีสันติ บทบาทและการกระทำทีขัดขืนอยางสันติ หรือทีเรียกวาอหิงสา หนังสือเลมนีไดถายทอดมูลเหตุและอัตชีวประวัติทีนำมาสูการตอสูอยางหัวเดดตีนขาด ซึงดวยวิธีการของคานธีแลวเขาพยายามทีจะปกปองแมเลือดหยดเดียวมิใหหยดไหล แตการตอสูยอมเปนการตอสู เมือเรานึกถึงคานธี เรามักจะนึกถึงการตอสูของเขา แตทีหนังสือเลมนีถายทอดการตอผูอานคือคานธีประสบอะไรมาบางในชีวิต และเขาคนพ ...more
Tõnu Vahtra
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gandhi was the Jesus Christ of 20th Century to change the world through non-violence. He was a generally very rational man with comprehensive worldview (tackling moral, religious, political, social, economic and cultural fronts in parallel). Majority of his wisdom is ageless and relevant also today except his hostility towards modern civilizations and technologies and implementing his traditional economic views would lead t conflict with his other principles. He believed very strongly that viole ...more
M. Ashraf
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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It is a good book.
The life of Ganhdi and his views on Religion, Human Nature, Modernity and his vision of a non-violent society.
But I think it is a one sided book, it showed a saint not a man.
It was interesting though.
Andrew Lee
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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 18, 2014 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.
Jaiveer Singh
Jun 01, 2012 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.

Steve Mitchell
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Does exactly what it says on the cover!
Kathleen
Sep 04, 2013 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.
Jason Sands
Like it says

It's a very short introduction to Gandhi. Not knowing much about the man I think this book did a good job of teaching the basics.
Melinda Miller
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was very interesting, but sometimes hard to read.
Yumna Hari
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Erudite, concise and a great introduction to Gandhi moral, religious and political thought and actions.
Ncraddieth
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very insightful and informative.
Ketan
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Brilliant analysis of Gandhi's thoughts on politics, religion and society.
Dorothy
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Thanks for this book, G.
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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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