The Web of Freedom: J. C. Kumarappa and Gandhis Struggle for Economic Justice

Hardcover | August 30, 2016

byVenu Madhav Govindu, Deepak Malghan

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In June 1929, a thirty-seven-year-old chartered accountant dressed in Western clothes walked into the Khadi Bhandar on Kalbadevi Road, Bombay, to be "measured up" for a dhoti. Having never worn one in his life, he had no idea that dhotis came in fixed lengths. Weeks ago, the same man had filedan affidavit to change his name from Joseph Chelladurai Cornelius to Joseph Cornelius Kumarappa. Discarding an alien name and attire, the anglicized professional was rapidly transforming into a dogged fighter for social justice. Freedom fighter, economic philosopher, environmentalist, and Gandhian constructive worker, Kumarappa (1892-1960) was a man of many parts. He wrote extensively on political economy and simultaneously championed the cause of rural India, both under British Raj and after Independence. If Gandhi'sswaraj was more than political self-rule, it was Kumarappa who gave it economic content and meaning. A rare thinker who married theory with practice, Kumarappa challenged received wisdom on industrialization and modernity. Based on extensive archival research, this volume presents the fascinating story of his life, work, and ideas that have a strikingly contemporary resonance.

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In June 1929, a thirty-seven-year-old chartered accountant dressed in Western clothes walked into the Khadi Bhandar on Kalbadevi Road, Bombay, to be "measured up" for a dhoti. Having never worn one in his life, he had no idea that dhotis came in fixed lengths. Weeks ago, the same man had filedan affidavit to change his name from Joseph...

Venu Madhav Govindu and Deepak Malghan are academics based in Bengaluru, India.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:388 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:August 30, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199460817

ISBN - 13:9780199460816

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List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsAcknowledgements1. Introduction2. The Great Transformation3. An American Interlude4. Waiting for the Mahatma5. Baptism by Fire6. Breaking Ground7. The Natural Order8. A New Deal9. The Lonely Furrow10. Stone for Bread11. The Spirit of Jesus12. The Light of Science13. Whither Sarvodaya?14. Land to the Tiller15. India Adrift16. The Spreading Chill17. Seeing Red18. The Lion in His Winter19. An AssessmentBibliography of J. C. Kumarappa's PublicationsIndexAbout the Authors