The Debate on Gandhian Ideas

Benjamin Zachariah

in Developing India

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195670585
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081639 | DOI:
The Debate on Gandhian Ideas

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This chapter examines the ways in which Gandhian ideas were sought to be justified by Gandhians before an audience of intellectuals, who were the main protagonists in debates on ‘development’ in the 1930s and the 1940s. This was a period of relative marginalization of Gandhian ideas in the Congress and, more generally, in the Indian nationalist movement. The chapter attempts the following: to place Gandhi in the political and socio-intellectual currents of the times; to examine the positions being articulated in opposition to Gandhi and the consequent need for a further effective intervention in the debates on Indian ‘development’ from a Gandhian perspective; to examine that intervention; and to place the position so articulated in the perspective of the positions against which it contended.

Keywords: Gandhi; development; Gandhian perspective; Indian nationalist movement; Congress

Chapter.  23925 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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