Why Gandhi Still Matters: An Appraisal of the Mahatma’s Legacy

Why Gandhi Still Matters

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Book Name: Why Gandhi Still Matters: An Appraisal of the Mahatma’s Legacy

Book Author: By Rajmohan Gandhi

Close to 150 years after he was born, how relevant is Mahatma Gandhi?

In our country, Gandhi g is revered as the Father of the Nation; his face still adorns currency notes, government offices and postage stamps; streets and welfare schemes continue to be named after him but has he been reduced to a mere symbol?

Do his message, values, and sacrifice have any meaning for us in the twenty-first century?

In this book, Why Gandhi Still Matters: An Appraisal of the Mahatma’s Legacy, the Mahatma’s grandson and award-winning writer and scholar Rajmohan Gandhi, appraises Gandhi and his legacy by examining some of his most famous (and often most controversial) ideas, actions, beliefs, successes and failures.

Rajmohan analyses Gandhi’s commitment to democracy, pluralism, secularism, equality and non-violence, his gift to the world of satyagraha, the key strategies in his fight for India’s freedom, his opposition to caste discrimination and his equations with Jinnah, Churchill, and Ambedkar, as also his failings as a human being and family man.

Taken together, the author’s insights present an unsentimental view of aspects of Gandhi’s legacy that have endured and those that have been cast aside by power-hungry politicians, casteist organizations, hate groups, venal industrialists, terrorists and other enemies of India’s promise.

About the Author

Rajmohan Gandhi is the bestselling author including Understanding the Founding Fathers: An Enquiry into the Indian Republic’s Beginnings, Understanding The Muslim Mind, Ghaffar Khan: Nonviolent Badshah of the Pakhtuns and Prince of Gujarat: The Extraordinary Story of Prince Gopaldas Desai.

Until end-December 2012 he taught political science and history at the University of Illinois. Since then he has served as visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar and Michigan State University.

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