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Gandhi after 9/11: Creative Nonviolence and Sustainability


9/11 marked the beginning of a century that is defined by widespread violence. Every other day seems to be a furthering of the already catastrophic present towards a more disastrous tomorrow. With climate change looming over us, frequent economic instability, religious wars, and relentless political mayhem, life for what we have made of it seems more and more unsustainable. Douglas Allen insists that we look to Gandhi, if only selectively and creatively, in order to move towards a nonviolent and sustainable future. Is a Gandhi-informed Swaraj technology, valuable but humanly limited, possible? What would a Gandhian world - a more egalitarian, interconnected, decentralized - of globalization look like? Focusing on key themes in Gandhi’s thinking such as violence and nonviolence, absolute truth and relative truth, ethical and spiritual living, and his critique of modernity, the book compels us to rethink our positions today. 

Contents: 1. Introduction: The Relevance of Gandhi for India and the Contemporary World. 2. Gandhian Philosophy: Theoretical Basis with Primacy of Practice. 3. Is Gandhi a Vedantist? 4. How Can Gandhi Interpret His Favorite Bhagavad-Gita as a Gospel of Nonviolence? 5. Personal Reflections on Reading Hind Swaraj and Indian Reactions. 6. Is Gandhi’s Approach to Technology Irrelevant in the Modern Age of Technology? 7. Terrorism and Violence: Gandhi after 9/11 in the USA and 26/11 in India. 8. Gandhi and Socialism. 9. Rewriting Marginality: Minority Literature, Hermeneutical Insights and Gandhian Challenges. Index.

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Title Gandhi after 9/11: Creative Nonviolence and Sustainability
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.08.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199491490
length 288p.
Subjects History