Hind Swaraj by Mahatma Gandhi is arguably the greatest text to have emerged from the anti-colonial movement in India and the first to seriously challenge the cultural and civilizational premises of the colonizers’ mentality. It is also the first text in India that falls within the broad tradition of modern political philosophy, advancing a complex cluster of theses with conceptual sensitivity, analytical precision, and sustained argument.

This book critically engages with Hind Swaraj and explores the fascinating and subtle dialogue set up by Gandhi between the characters of the reader and the editor. With essays from leading contemporary thinkers on Gandhi, the volume looks at themes such as Gandhi on epistemic servitude, decolonization, and intercultural translation; his complex critique of modern civilization; his views on the empire, democracy, citizenship, and violence; the normative structure of Gandhian thought; Gandhi and the political praxis of educational reconstruction; and how to read this text. 

An important intervention in Gandhian studies, this book will be useful for scholars and researchers of peace studies, political philosophy, Indian philosophy, Indian political thought, political sociology, and South Asian studies.

chapter |22 pages


ByRajeev Bhargava

part Part 1|96 pages

The truncated ethic of modern civilization

chapter 1|17 pages

The originality of Hind Swaraj

ByAnthony J. Parel

chapter 2|19 pages

Gandhi and the debate about civilization

ByLloyd I. Rudolph, Susanne Hoeber Rudolph

chapter 3|18 pages

English rule without the Englishman

Citizenship, subalternity, and Gandhi's ‘reader'
ByAjay Skaria

chapter 4|24 pages

Reflections on Gandhi's anti-modernism

ByAkeel Bilgrami

chapter 5|7 pages

Hind Swaraj

A historical necessity
ByNandkishore Acharya, Anju Dhhadda

chapter 6|9 pages

On the normative structure of Gandhian thought

With special reference to Hind Swaraj
BySatish K. Jain

part Part 2|71 pages

Empire, politics, and violence

chapter 7|15 pages

Empire and violence, or the foes in Hind Swaraj

ByRajmohan Gandhi

chapter 8|12 pages

Political self-rule

Gandhi and the future of democracy
ByFred Reinhard Dallmayr

chapter 9|14 pages

Politics and violence

Gandhi's ambivalence to democracy
ByUday Singh Mehta

chapter 10|28 pages

A nationalism open towards the world

ByJeremy Webber

part Part 3|79 pages

Colonization of minds

chapter 11|31 pages

Learning from the South

Gandhi and intercultural translation 1
ByBoaventura de Sousa Santos

chapter 12|17 pages

Beyond decolonizing knowledge

Revisiting the Svaraj in ideas debate
ByShail Mayaram

part Part 4|63 pages

Cultivating self

chapter 14|14 pages

Could Hind Swaraj presuppose a theory of judgment?

BySasheej Hegde

chapter 15|17 pages


Calling to non-violence joined by a strong pragmatism
ByGangeya Mukherji

chapter 16|16 pages

Afterlife of a text

Hind Swaraj and the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha
ByHilal Ahmed

chapter 17|5 pages

Sheherezade and Hind Swaraj

ByLucy Nusseibeh, Sari Nusseibeh

chapter 18|9 pages

Gandhi's Twin fasts and the possibility of non-violence

BySudhir Chandra

part Part 5|16 pages

How to read Hind Swaraj

chapter 19|14 pages

Reading Hind Swarajya/Swaraj in two languages 1

ByTridip Suhrud