Contents: Preface. 1. Economic views of Gandhi. 2. Gandhi's View on labour and wealth. 3. Gandhi on Swadeshi. 4. Mahatma on village economy. Bibliography. Index.
"Today 60 years after the assassination of Gandhi and more than eight decades after the publication of Hind Swaraj many concerned Indians, from India's heterogeneous citizenry, are slowly and intentionally calling for the acceptance of the concepts explained in his pamphlet as an alternative development model. In particular, the moral values which Gandhi practically illustrated in his community-oriented experiments in agriculture are persistently advanced as profound and credible answers to the ever-intensifying crisis now confronting India. An awareness of Gandhi's Philosophy in national planning and transformation of an agricultural society has not been totally absent in India during the post-independence years. As the author had demonstrated, especially through exploration of current experiments and writings of Indian economists and planners, the contrary holds true. This book makes an in-depth study of Mahatma Gandhi's economic ideas and their relevance in present circumstances." (jacket)