Nonviolence: Challenges and Prospects

Hardcover | July 23, 2014

EditorBidyut Chakrabarty

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Drawn on love, compassion and forgiveness, non-violence is an inspirational value to humanity. From the historic movements led by Gandhi and then Martin Luther King Jr, to the recent Arab Spring in Egypt as also the impact of Anna Hazare's call for anti-corruption struggle further confirm thecritical importance of non-violence as a cementing ideological force in present times. Beginning with a section on the theoretical articulations of nonviolence, the volume puts together the thoughts of Tolstoy, Thoreau, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. It also explores another facet observed in history in the second section, of nonviolence as a spiritual category which amounts toaction by denying the ruling authority the human assistance and cooperation which is necessary to set f governance in motion. The essays map intellectual journeys which led to the emergence of nonviolent struggle as a viable form of protest and resistance. The articulation of nonviolence incontemporary movements such as the Shanti Sen, the bhoodan movement, the call for sampoornakranti, the Pashtun nonviolent struggle of North West Frontier Province or the Chipko and Narmada Bachao movement have been explored through the chapters of the last section. Nonviolence is therefore apowerful ideological resource enabling the protestors to fight against injustice even in hostile circumstances. A nonviolent protest movement cannot be equated with "escapism" since "action" remains integral to its articulation. This volume is unique both in terms of its content and the analytical depth of the articles that have been included. In the light of recent spurt of nonviolent movements in various places in the globe, it will enable us to understand nonviolence in a historical perspective.

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Drawn on love, compassion and forgiveness, non-violence is an inspirational value to humanity. From the historic movements led by Gandhi and then Martin Luther King Jr, to the recent Arab Spring in Egypt as also the impact of Anna Hazare's call for anti-corruption struggle further confirm thecritical importance of non-violence as a cem...

Bidyut Chakrabarty is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Delhi, Delhi.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:560 pagesPublished:July 23, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of AbbreviationsPublisher's AcknowledgementsIntroductionSection I: Theoretical Articulation of Nonviolence1. Leo Tolstoy: The Kingdom of God Is Within You (excerpt)2. H.D. Thoreau: Civil Disobedience3. Mahatma Gandhi: The Creed of NonviolenceSection II: Nonviolence as Political Strategy4. Bhikhu Parekh: The Vision of Nonviolence5. Bidyut Chakrabarty: Conceptualizing Nonviolence: Gandhi and King Dialogue6. Dustin Ells Howes: Nonviolent Liberation7. Gene Sharp: Non-cooperation and Political Ju-jitsu8. Akeel Bilgrami: Gandhi's Integrity: The Philosophy behind the PoliticsSection III: Nonviolence in Contemporary Political Movements9. David Hardiman: Gandhian Activism in India after Independence: The Bhoodan and Gramdan10. Mohammad Raqib: The Muslim Pashtun Movement of the North-West Frontier of India, 1930-3411. Ramachandra Guha: The Unquiet Woods: Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in the Himalaya12. Partha Nath Mukherji: Jayprakash Narayan: From Gramdan to Sampoorna Karanti13. Smita Narula: The Story of Narmada Bachao Andolan: Human Rights in the Global Economy and the Struggle Against the World Bank14. Vandana Shiva: The Women of Chipko15. Vinay Sitapati: The Anna Hazare Movement against Corruption16. Bernd Koussler: Non-violent Resistance in Iran, 2009-11Selected BibliographyAbout the Editor and ContributorsIndex