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Non-Violent Resistance (Satyagraha) Paperback – May 29, 2001
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About the Author
Judith Brown has written many books on Gandhi and India including Gandhi's Rise to Power, Gandhi and Civil Disobedience, Gandhi: Prisoner of Hope and Nehru. A Political Life. She is Beit Professor of Commonwealth History at Oxford University.
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I had not finished reading the book, but the more I read, the more dissatisfied I am becoming. There are several reasons for this: 1-The way the book is written. It uses many Indian words that you have to keep referring to the definitions on p. vii to figure out what Gandhi is talking about. Why not just update the book and plug in plain english words for these Indian words and phrases? 2-As the book is a historical recounting of Gandhi's progressive learning process of Satyagraha, he makes many references to events which the reader, almost a century later, has no idea what he is talking about.
All in all, if you are looking for a clear and concise book about the teaching of non-violent resistence, this is not a book I would recommend. The teaching of non-violent resistence could be condensed and simplified in a way that, this book fails to do.
If you want a solid conceptual understanding of probably Gandhi's most important concept, this will serve you well. If you want a very brief intro, then you may find this a little long and sections boring. But, I think that covering Gandhi's thought deserves this much space to flesh out his seemingly crazy ideas.
As others have noted, this is a compilation work. Almost everything you find by Gandhi will be in this format. The fact is the bulk of Gandhi's writing is in letters, short articles, etc.
I also saw that some were complaining that there were too many Sanskrit/ Gujarat words. Their inclusion actually makes this compilation stronger. There are some concepts that just don't translate easily, and this book is very judicious in including the minimum of foreign words (and their explanation!) the reader will need to actually comprehend the breadth of Gandhi's concepts. Other incidental 'foreign' words are dealt with well enough-they won't get in the way from understanding.
My undergrad thesis was on Gandhi's philosophy in political though, and I had to read a good deal of his writing and books about his writing. I still found myself referring back to this book for easily accesible material on the concept of Satyagraha.
What is really amazing about this book, and I consider it a political one, is that it's mainly dedicated for spirituality! This makes perfect sense. If you are not pure in the soul you cannot really adopt the method of non-violent resistance effectively.
The Satyagraha is very simple in theory, Gandhi is right in saying that you can teach it to a 6 year-old child! But it's extremely tough to put it into practice.
Yesterday I was bullied by some twitter follower because I said I liked the book. I don't think I was successful in remaining all calm and peaceful when responding to him! lol :-)
I promise to try harder next time.
One more thing; the book is kinda repetitive.. just saying!
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I can't give it 5 stars, because sometimes it was quite dry. But other parts were fascinating and well worth the effort. Read morePublished 5 months ago by emrm
Gandhiji in his own words. You can see him growing through his writings.Published 9 months ago by Inamakah
I keep on buying copies of this book and giving them away. This is undoubtedly the most important work I've ever read about creating social change. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Brian M. Roth
His is one of the most recognizable faces and inspiring lives of all time, but do you really know this man and what he so passionately stood for? Read morePublished 15 months ago by frankjpeter
"Non-violent Resistance" (or "Satyagraha", as I prefer to call it) is my favorite book in existence. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Conor D. Fagundes
Gandhi didn't "write" a book by this title such. It is a compilation of his writings (done by Bharatan Kumarappa) that were largely taken from his journals, for example "Young... Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Will Jerom
I helped a high school student write a research paper about how Gandhi's method of nonviolent resistance freed India from the british. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Paul Shipley
This, along with the works of Emma Goldman, Albert Parsons and similar syndicalists as well as modern day Subcommandante Marcos (Our word is our Weapon) are the combined answer to... Read morePublished on February 22, 2012 by Marcos