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Gandhian Philosophy

Its Relevance Today by: Gummadi Veerraju

Retrieving a range of Gandhi’s social, economic, moral, spiritual, cultural and political ideas from various sources, this work gauges the relevance of Gandhi and Gandhism in the dehumanized, fragmented world of moral decay and unbridled consumerism.

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ISBN: 9788186921043
Year Of Publication: 2009
Edition: 2nd
Pages : viii, 263
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index;
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Decent Books
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 500

Overview

Gandhi (1869-1948) held no political office. Yet he could arouse the conscience of an entire subcontinent! A lean, frail, ‘half-naked fakir’ — armed with a wooden staff and simple dignity of a human being, he fought against the greatest empire, the world has known. It was just the moral grandeur of his soul which enabled him to fight against brute power, in any form, even vanquish it. “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this in flesh and blood walked upon this earth”, said Professor Einstein of him. A saint, social activist and political philosopher, unlike any other known in the twentieth century, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi held out a “message” which, based on ‘‘a series of his experiments with truth’’, touched upon every domain of human life: social, economic, moral/spiritual, cultural, political. Retrieving a range of these ideas from a variety of sources, this book tries afresh to gauge how far Gandhi and Gandhism are relevant in this dehumanized, fragmented world, perched dangerously on stockpiles of all-devastating arsenal; or in this age of distrust, moral decay and unbridled consumerism; or yet again when seen against today’s aggressive/retaliatory attitudes, or against the growing cult of violence. The book is not just a revalidation of Gandhian philosophy, but a reminder as well, suggesting how in his abiding solutions alone: with their eloquent underpinnings of truth, non-violence and service of humanity, lies the hope for mankind in this conflict-ridden world.

Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. Sources of Gandhian Philosophy
Indian Influences
Western Influences
2. Moral and Religious Aspects of Gandhian Philosophy
Meaning of Religion
Gandhi and Religion
Religion and Morality
Cardinal Virtues
Non-Violence (Ahimsa)
Truthfulness (Satya)
Non-Stealing (Asteya)
No-Possession (Aparigraha)
Celibacy (Brahmacharya)
Fearlessness (Abhaya)
Universal Religion
Ends and Means
Religion and Truth
Religion and Politics
3. Social Problems — Gandhian Solutions
Origin of the Caste
Caste and Untouchability
His Views on Inter-Dining and Inter-Caste Marriages
Status of Women and their Problems in the Society
Exploitation of Women
Women and Observance of Purdah
The Awakening of Women
Women and Education
Women and Legal Equality
Widow Remarriages
Evil Practice of Dowry
The Problem of Prostitution and AIDS
Women and Social Justice
Women and their Role in Society
The Evil Effects of Alcoholism
The Significance of Prohibition
Value Oriented Education
Education and Moral Values
Basic Education
4. Economic Reorganisation — A Gandian Perspective
Trusteeship
Trusteeship as a Practical Formula
Economic Equality
Equitable Distribution
Industrial Civilisation — A Gandhian Attitude
Place of Man in the Industrialisation
Concentration of Wealth
Type of Machinery Needed
Meaning and Scope of Rural Development
Mahatama Gandhi and Rural Development
Revival of Rural Industries
The Significance of Khadi as a Village Industry
Equal Distribution of Wealth
Rural Development
Cooperative Farming in the Villages
Village Life
A Balance Between the Rural and Urban Life
Swadeshi
5. Gandhian Approach to the Contemporary Political Issues
The Meaning and Scope of Political Philosophy
Welfare State
Democracy
Majority and Minority in Democracy
Notion of Political Power
Non-Violent Democracy vs Centralisation
Decentralisation
Panchayat Raj and its Significance
Three-Tier System of Decentralised Adminstration
Duties and Rights
Significance of Freedom
Satyagraha as a Political Weapon
Application of Satyagraha
Non-Cooperation
Civil Disobedience
6. Global Issues and Gandhian Solutions
Environment — Its Sustainability and Challenges
Terrorism and the Modern World
Non-Violence and World Peace
7. Summary and Conclusion
Select Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Gummadi Veerraju, (born: 1954), is Andhra University’s Ph.D (Philosophy) and credited with the authorship of several papers on a variety of themes from Gandhian Studies. Currently, he is a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Andhra University. Dr. Veerraju teaches ‘Contemporary Western Philosophy’ and ‘African Religions’ and has attended many national and international conferences. He is currently engaged in advanced research in: ‘Globalization of Religion for a Dynamic Society’; ‘Relevance and the need for the study of History and Comparative Religions’; and ‘A Plan of action for resolving Socio-Political and Environmental Issues of the Modern Society’.
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