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Power to the People: The Political Thought of M.K. Gandhi, M.N. Roy and Jayaprakash Narayan (In 2 Volumes)

Meera Verma (Editor) R.M. Pal (Editor)

The book attempts to bring out, through a selection of the seminal writings of M.K. Gandhi, M.N. Roy and Jayaprakash Narayan as well as of critical commentaries on them, the essentials of their intellectual development and their contribution to contemporary Indian political thought. These writings constitute a significant part of the historical debates and contestations of ideas among the thinkers of the nationalist and the internationalist movements of the first half of the twentieth century. The book also brings out several communalities in the though of these three thinkers in spite of differences in their world views. Though they were all nationalists committed to India's freedom from colonial rule, they went beyond the concept of the nation (state). The attempt to reconstruct society and polity in terms of 'community' 'people' and, ultimately, the freedom of the individual was common to all the thinkers. They supported the concept of decentralization and inter-linkages among various levels of authority connecting peoples, communities and nations. Their arguments may answer, however partially, the democratic urge to reconcile the 'iron law' of organizations with the demand for power to the people.

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About the authors

Meera Verma

Meera Verma studied at the universities of Delhi and Warwick and was reader in the Department of political science, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi. She has co-edited a journal Perspectives and a book Essays on Indian Government and Politics –A Continuing Debate (2004). She has also published several articles and reviewed books.

R.M. Pal

A former faculty member of Rajdhani College, Delhi University, Dr. R.M. Pal is Hon. editor of PUCL Bulletin, published by the People's Union for civil Liberties. He was Hon. managing editor of the Radical Humanist, a journal founder by M.N. Roy. Dr. Pal has written and lectured extensively on issues of civil liberties and human rights including human rights education and has brought the issues of human rights of Dalits, and free compulsory education of children upto the age of fourteen, on the human rights agenda.

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Title Power to the People: The Political Thought of M.K. Gandhi, M.N. Roy and Jayaprakash Narayan (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 24.08.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121209277
length 438p.; 484p., Figures; Notes; References; 23cm.
Subjects History