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Indian Home Rule

Mahatma Gandhi

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First written in Gandhi's native language Gujarati, this booklet advocates for Indian non-violent self-rule during the struggle for Indian independence against the British Empire. It is written as a dialogue between two characters. In it, the "Reader" serves as a typical Indian countryman (the targeted audience for Hind Swaraj), who voices common beliefs and arguments of the time concerning Indian independence, while Gandhi, the "Editor," explains why those arguments are flawed and interjects his own valuable arguments of self-reliance, passive resistance and the Indian identity.

The Gujarati-language publication was banned from publication by the British in India, causing Gandhi to translate it to English himself to evade the British authorities, as well as rally support from English-speaking Indians and international supporters of independence. It is now considered the intellectual blueprint of India's independence movement.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . ., and the tree which rises above the ground is alone seen. Such is the case with the Congress. Yet, what you call the real awakening took place after the Partition of Bengal. For this we have to be thankful to Lord Curzon. At the time of the Partition, the people of Bengal reasoned with Lord Curzon, but, in the pride of power, he[Pg 19] disregarded all their prayers—he took it for granted that Indians could only prattle, that they could never take any effective steps. He used insulting language, and, in the teeth of all opposition, partitioned Bengal. That day may be considered to be the day of the partition of the British Empire. The shock that the British power received through the Partition has never been equalled by any other act. This does not mean that the other injustices done to India are less glaring than that done by the Partition. The salt-tax is not a small injustice. We shall see many such things later on. But the people were ready to resist the P. . . Read More

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If you ever wondered what Gandhi was thinking, this is an important look at where he was at in 1908. He was against modern civilization. I guess he was also a Luddite and an isolationist. He was able to 'liberate' India from British rule, but so far, modern civilization seems to be gaining ground.


After completing the first part of Gandhi's Biography by Guha that chronicled Gandhi's early life and his trials, tribulations and triumphs in South Africa, and before moving to the times of Gandhi's later life in India that truly made him the Mahatma and the father of today's India, I thought of re

Perhaps timely to read in our present day of saffron revivalism. Interesting to see the trajectory of Gandhi's reputation in the past two decades. I sometimes think that at this point, Gandhi's teachings have almost become memes in the public sphere. The essence of his works and thought has receded

"We want English rule without the Englishman. You want the tiger’s nature, but not the tiger; that is to say, you would make India English, and, when it becomes English, it will be called not Hindustan but Englistan. This is not the Swaraj that I want." Many insightful points that are still relevant

I dont agree with most of his ideas about the ideal civilization , modern economy and industrialization. His ideas simply doesn't allign with basest of human natures which is the main driver of our actions. The problem with Gandhi is that he is 'too good'. His ideas looks only on paper and is nearly

As far as expostulations on ideologies go, this is a nice go-to summary in a highly digestible format, clearly intended to be read by the then-educated masses.

The book succeeds for the simplicity of the language, the clarity of thought and the nuanced counter-arguments presented to the imaginary cri

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