The global Gandhi: Essays in comparative political philosophy

Jahanbegloo, Ramin (2018) The global Gandhi: Essays in comparative political philosophy. 1st ed. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780429491320

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This chapter introduces the legacy of Gandhian thought and political advocacy today. It argues that Mahatma Gandhi remains a relevant thinker not only because of his theory and practice of nonviolence, but also because of the way he defended political tolerance and religious pluralism all his life. He was in fact a stern defender of the role of law, and advocate of fundamental human rights, a critic of all forms of political action based on violence and intolerance and a fervent of limited government. Gandhi’s political thought cannot, in this sense, be identified either with the liberal tradition, or with the anarchist tradition. He is not a religious fundamentalist, nor a cultural revivalist, He was not committed to the idea of absolute reason either. As a pathfinder towards social and individual goals, he harnessed the authority to stand and talk back to the authority of the tradition, be being consistent with his beliefs, but at the same time by remaining free enough to change his mind, discover new things and rediscover what he had once put aside. In this respect, this chapter discusses how Gandhi sought to create a public culture of citizenship, which guaranteed to everyone the right to opinion and action, as an alternative to system of representation based on bureaucratic parties and State structures, and how this is one of the most relevant issues discussed in the Western political philosophy today.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi | Political Philosophy | Relevant Thinker | Advocate | Fundamental Human Rights
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > Arts and Humanities (General)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr Sombir Dahiya
Date Deposited: 05 May 2022 09:17
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2023 04:43
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