Book Author: Rajmohan Gandhi
Why Gandhi Still Matters? It is now close to 150 years after he was born, how relevant is Mahatma Gandhi? In our country, he is revered as the Father of the Nation. His face still adorns currency notes, postage stamps, and government offices. Streets and welfare schemes continue to be named after him but has he been reduced to a mere symbol? Do his values, message and sacrifice have any meaning for us in the twenty-first century? In Why Gandhi Still Matters, Rajmohan Gandhi has answered the question and appraise Gandhi, the Great men of Indian history. Also his legacy by examining some of his most famous ideas, beliefs, actions, successes, and failures. He analyses Gandhi’s commitment to democracy, secularism, pluralism, 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 Churchill, Jinnah, 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. Those that have been cast aside by power-hungry politicians, casteist organizations, hate groups, venal industrialists, terrorists and other enemies of India’s promise.
Rajmohan Gandhi is Mahatma’s grandson and award-winning writer. His last two books were Understanding the Founding Fathers: An Enquiry into the Indian Republic’s Beginnings and Prince of Gujarat: The Extraordinary Story of Prince Gopaldas Desai, 1887-1951. Until end-December 2012 he taught political science and history at the University of Illinois. Since then he is serving as visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar and Michigan State University.
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