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M.K. Gandhi's Hind Swaraj: A Critical Edition

Suresh Sharma (Editor) Tridip Suhrud (Editor) Gandhi Studies
Synopsis Hind Swaraj, Gandhi’s seminal text in Gujarati, was written between 13 and 22 November 1909 aboard the Kildonan Castle bound for South Africa. It is a dialogue on modern civilisation, composed at a moment in modern history when the pre-modern in the world beyond Europe could still be touched and spoken of, not as mere memory or longing but as a living form. As a mode of exposition and argument, Hind Swaraj stems from a cognitive universe that abides beyond the ambit of modernity. It is perhaps the only critique of the modern order that seeks an understanding of its salient facts. Its referents are tradition and modernity, the ancient and modern, ethical-moral and instrumental-efficient. Hind Swaraj is a plea for non-violence as a mode of self-affirmation and resistance against oppression and injustice. For anyone engaged with the life and thought of Gandhi and with the question of the meaning of life within the modern order of things, Hind Swaraj remains a critical text.

This critical centenary edition is intended as a renewal of a deeper engagement with the text and the discourse around it. It reinstates the 1910 edition of the English rendering and the original in Gujarati as the first textual referent in conversation with the 1921 edition and the authorized second edition of 1939. It is presented along three axes: marginnotes (alternative readings/translations of the Gujarati original), footnotes (notations for categories-concepts) and Hindi translation (to mute the current placement of English as the exclusive mediation between languages). This is also the first edition of Hind Swaraj in two languages.
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About the authors

Suresh Sharma

Suresh Sharma is Research Associate in the Population Research Center, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. He specializes in epidemiological, reproductive and child health and population studies.

Tridip Suhrud

Tridip Suhrud has translated the works of Ashis Nandy, Ganesh Devy and Paulo Freire into Gujarati and has translated novelist Suresh Joshi into English.  He is at present translating into English a four-part biography of Gandhiji, Maru Jivan ej Mari Vani, written by Narayan Desai, to be published by Orient Longman a My Life is My Message.  He is the author of Writing Life: Three Gujarati Thinkers (forthcoming, Orient Longman).  He teaches at the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust, Ahmedabad, and is visiting faculty at Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad. 

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Title M.K. Gandhi's Hind Swaraj: A Critical Edition
Format Hardcover
Date published: 10.03.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8125039181, 9788125039181
length xxiv+102+83p., 25cm.
Subjects History