Gandhi: A Philosophical Debate

ed by Javed Alam

This edited volume is part of an ongoing critical re-appraisal among the Left intellectuals (which began with E. M. S. Namboodripad in the mid 1950s) to re-evaluate Gandhi and recast him as a complex though contradictory thinker.
Including contributions made at the seminar – ‘Gandhi: A Philosophical Debate’  – by Akeel Bilgrami, Alok Bhalla, Nizar Ahmed, R. C. Pradhan, A. Raghuramaraju, Sasheej Hegde and Syed Sayeed, the book fulfils an emergent need to identify and explicate the radical core of Gandhian philosophy in order to de-sacralize his persona and situate him among the many philosophers whose engagement with the modern world was to transform it in self fulfilling ways.
Professor Javed Alam is currently the Chair person of the Indian Council for Social Science Research. He has been a Professor of Political Science at Himachal University; a Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, and Centre for English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad.