Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Basic principles of Gandhism. 3. Gandhian economics and Gandhi's Swadeshi. 4. Gandhian development theory. 5. Gandhi as the philosopher. 6. Gandhi and Satyagraha. 7. Western civilization during Gandhism. 8. Gandhian Hind Swaraj. 9. Gandhian thought on education. 10. Gandhi and non violence. Bibliography. Index.
Gandhiji was an apostle of non violence and love because while violence and hatred brutalised men love ennobled them and brought out the best in them. He was an admirer of all religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity and others. He had the wisdom of Socrates, the humility of St. Francis of Assisi, the mass appeal of Lenin, the saintliness of the ancient Indian rishis and the profound love of humanity of the Buddha. The perception of what is the truthful path is largely a matter for the individuals reason and conscience which therefore play key roles. The individual should subject each idea to the test of his or her own conscience and reason. Reason and rationality have enormous roles to play in the Gandhian way of thinking. (jacket)