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New Curve in the Ganges

Mahatma Gandhi’s Interpretation of Hinduism by: Arvind Sharma

This book interprets Gandhi’s “Hinduism” in terms of its characteristics. It offers insight into the cardinal changes that he brought within Hinduism and analyses his relationship with various sources of dharma and his prioritization of conscience along with the extracts from his autobiography, lending it a realistic touch.

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ISBN: 9788124602713
Year Of Publication: 2005
Edition: 1st
Pages : v, 129
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Indices
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 400

Overview

Gandhi’s struggle for the Indian Independence will ever remain in the mind of all generations but no less significant was his fight for social equality of the Untouchables. He himself had suffered its pain as he was excommunicated by his caste on his return from England. For Gandhi, untouchability was that vicious aspect of Hinduism that must be eradicated. He had his own interpretation of Hinduism and called himself a “Sanatani Hindu” who believed in the equality of all castes and religions. An attempt has been made in this book to interpret Gandhi’s “Hinduism” in terms of its characteristic institutions, its major scriptures and its primary thought patterns. The work offers insights into the cardinal changes that Gandhi brought about within Hinduism by promoting ordinal changes within it. It analyses Gandhi’s relationship to the various sources of dharma and the primacy that he accorded to conscience; his reversal of the caste hierarchy by upholding the rights of the ÷udras, his emphasis on pravritti and nivritti instead of grihastha and sannyasa; his understanding of the Mahabharata, Ramayana and Bhagavad-Gita, and his preference for sadharana dharma over vishesha dharma. The book also contains various extracts from Gandhi’s autobiography that not only make this study realistic but also acquaint us with many hardships suffered by him. This book would be a worthy addition to any collection and is highly recommended for the scholars of Indology and Religious Studies.

Contents

Introduction
1. Mahatma Gandhi and the Sources of Dharma in Hinduism
2. Mahatma Gandhi and Untouchability
3. Mahatma Gandhi and the caste System
4. Mahatma Gandhi and the Ashrama System
5. Mahatma Gandhi and the Ramayana
6. Mahatma Gandhi and the Bhagavad-Gita
7. Mahatma Gandhi and Sadharana Dharma
Conclusion
Bibliography
Term Index
Author Index
Name Index
Subject Index

Meet the Author
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Arvind Sharma, formerly of the I.A.S., is Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has published extensively in the fields of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion and is currently engaged in promoting the adoption of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions.
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