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ISBN-13: 978-0521574310
ISBN-10: 0521574315
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'This edition will not only make available Gandhi's 'seminal work' to a new audience; it should also help to further debate about the ideological character of Indian nationalism, that most untypical of movements.' Sunil Khilnani, The Times Literary Supplement

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Hind Swaraj is Mahatma Gandhi's fundamental work, and a key to the understanding both of his life and thought, and South Asian politics in the twentieth century. This volume presents for the first time the original 1910 edition of this work, including Gandhi's Preface and Foreword, not found in other editions. This is the first fully annotated edition of the work, and the volume also includes Gandhi's correspondence with Tolstoy, Nehru and others. Anthony Parel's introduction sets the work in its historical and intellectual contexts. Short bibliographical notes on prominent figures mentioned in the text and a chronology of important events are also included as aids to the reader.
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  • Series: Cambridge Texts in Modern Politics
  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521574315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521574310
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jane Correll on December 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
Gandhi explains in Hind Swaraj some of his fundamental ideas on how to obtain Home Rule in India. One aspect of Indian society Gandhi criticizes is the relationship between Muslims and Hindus. Gandhi tries to convey the idea that religious identity does not constitute for nationality. He feels that in order to obtain swaraj, India's people must unify themselves as a nation. By disbanding disagreements between the two religions, with acceptance and without imposition, Gandhi implies that what is important- Mother India- can be saved. Both Hindus and Muslims should stop seeking concessions from the British, begin the swadeshi movement (Indian-made goods), and that a universal language (Hindi) would also help the cause. Another factor which will lead to swaraj is passive resistance. (Gandhi launched the Civil Disobedience Movement 1931-34). Unlike Nehru, Gandhi opposed modernization/industrialization. These views, as well as views about education and economic reform are also included.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1997
Format: Paperback
This excellent new edition of Hind Swaraj fulfills the needs of all readers, either for private and academic purposes. Extraordinary is especially the introduction which covers all major subjects which should be taken into account for understanding "Hind Swaraj", e.g. wesetern and eastern influences on Gandhis thoughts, the London & South African years etc. The text itself is issued with a lot of explaining footnotes which also refer on the original (written in Gujarati). It's so far the first edition I know which compares between the english and gujatati text ! The only, minor manko might be the fact that the South African years are treated rather short, but the bibliography and advices for further reading lead the ambitious reader to new sources.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Swaminathan Saikumar on October 22, 2001
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This book is simply awesome. I call this one of the best books I've ever read. It presents Gandhi's views lucidly and you understand the clarity of thought and spirituality of a person who lead India to freedom.
To all Indians who are unaware of their own civilization, this book also contains portions where Gandhi gives reasons for why he regards Indian civilization to be the best. (I accept that I'm being chauvinistic).
However, this book is not meant for Indians alone, it is for people who wish to be open-minded, who dare to think outside the box, who wish to understand the world, mainly who wish to search for the all-pervading truth.
Satyameva Jayathe (Truth always wins)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill on March 20, 2012
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This is an excellent book in which Gandhi presents his critique of Western civilization, his thoughts on passive resistance, his belief that love wins over power and force and his belief that to govern yourself politically requires that you have the discipline to first govern yourself personally.

A great addition to the book are the editor's introduction and many footnotes. These help to explain not only Gandhi's argument and key points but also the historical context in which Gandhi wrote.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hali Brooke Mason on July 22, 2013
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The book was in excellent condition. No dog-earred pages nor tears, and it was a great read! Thanks for the transaction!
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