Author: Vivek Pinto
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170366909
Based primarily on Mahatma Gandhi's fundamental work entitled Hind Swaraj, this book examines the practical application of seminal Gandhian percepts to the sphere of agriculture in the context of contemporary India.
In addressing its principal concern-whether Gandhian moral and ethical principles can serve as a basis for establishing a harmonious, poverty-free, nonviolent, and self-reliant society-the book provides a moral framework for transforming Indian agriculture and society at large to meet the human needs of India’s poor.
Arguing that agricultural and related issues simply cannot be viewed in isolation from basic moral and human values, Vivek Pinto constructs a provocative theoretical and practical framework which draws upon a wide range of disciplines covering diverse areas of human experience. Employing interdisciplinary methodologies, the author carefully explores four distinct but interrelated themes, each of which contributes to a holistic understanding of the book’s main concern.
The first chapter delves into the context and text of Gandhi’s religiously shape views on agricultural development, while Chapter 2 analyzes the essential relationship between agricultural development and Gandhi’s religious perspectives. An exhaustive review of planned agricultural development in India during the period 1951-1947 is provided in the next chapter. Chapter 4 evaluates the relevance of both Gandhian experiments and various current alternatives. In conclusion, Vivek Pinto explicitly demonstrates ways in which it is possible to effect the social transformation of agriculture and other sectors of the Indian economy in accordance with Gandhi’s vision of an India which struggles for true swaraj.
This morally challenging work will be of direct interest to students and scholars belonging to a diverse range of disciplines including agriculture, economics, politics, ethics, peace and nonviolence, history, and religious studies. It will also be of value to people’s organizations, policy-makers, and planners.
Hind Swaraj: Context and Text for Gandhi’s Religiously
Shaped Views on Agricultural Development
Relation of Gandhi’s Religious Perspectives to Agricultural Issues:
An Exploration of Theory and Practice, 1909-1948
A Review of Planned Agricultural Development in India and
a Gandhian Critique, 1951-1974
Development With a Human Face: Gandhi’s Constructive Programme
and Current Alternatives