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Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths: Civil Disobedience, Nonviolence, and Satyagraha in the Real World (Plus Why It's 'Gandhi, ' Not 'Ghandi')

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"All my actions have their source in my inalienable love of humankind." -- Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi is one of the least understood figures of all time -- even among his admirers. In this Annual Gandhi Lecture for the International Association of Gandhian Studies, Mark Shepard tackles some persistently wrong-headed views of Gandhi, offering us a more accurate picture of the man and his nonviolence.
"A model of Gandhian journalism. . . . [Shepard] has put his finger on seemingly all of the popular (and some less common) misconceptions of both Gandhi and his philosophy, including some particularly important ones. . . . This book takes little space to cover its topic concisely and well. It would be [some] of the most valuable pages many people could read about Gandhi." -- Global Conscience, July-Sept. 1990
Mark Shepard is the author of "Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths," "The Community of the Ark," and "Gandhi Today," called by the American Library Association's Booklist "a masterpiece of committed reporting." His writings on social alternatives have appeared in over 30 publications in the United States, Canada, England, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, and India.
I suspect that most of the myths and misconceptions surrounding Gandhi have to do with nonviolence. For instance, it's surprising how many people still have the idea that nonviolent action is passive.
It's important for us to be clear about this: There is nothing passive about Gandhian nonviolent action.
I'm afraid Gandhi himself helped create this confusion by referring to his method at first as "passive resistance," because it was in some ways like techniques bearing that label. But he soon changed his mind and rejected the term.
Gandhi's nonviolent action was not an evasive strategy nor a defensive one. Gandhi was always on the offensive. He believed in confronting his opponents aggressively, in such a way that they could not avoid dealing with him.
But wasn't Gandhi's nonviolent action designed to avoid violence? Yes and no. Gandhi steadfastly avoided violence toward his opponents. He did not avoid violence toward himself or his followers.
Gandhi said that the nonviolent activist, like any soldier, had to be ready to die for the cause. And in fact, during India's struggle for independence, hundreds of Indians were killed by the British.
The difference was that the nonviolent activist, while willing to die, was never willing to kill.
Gandhi pointed out three possible responses to oppression and injustice. One he described as the coward's way: to accept the wrong or run away from it. The second option was to stand and fight by force of arms. Gandhi said this was better than acceptance or running away.
But the third way, he said, was best of all and required the most courage: to stand and fight solely by nonviolent means.


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  • PDF | 46 pages
  • Mark Shepard(Author)
  • Simple Productions (25 April 2017)
  • English
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  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By cosmicsunshine on 6 May 2014

    Reading anything about Mahatma Gandhi always uplifts my spirit. Having kindle book means it is always with me. Highly recommended!

  • By Mr. A. Hunter on 16 February 2015

    Don't let the title worry you, this is not another cynical attempt at exposing one of history's sacred cows. This is a tough look at the gentle way of one of the first effective proponents of non-violent resistance. It is a clear headed guide to the philosophy of Gandhi and how non-violent resistance can work against even the hardest of opponents. It is certainly not pacifist. Human's capability of civil disobedience is one of the greatest gifts we have and this book deftly explains why.

  • By R. Sh on 26 December 2013

    Great introductory book on a well respected person. I have read the ebook at least 3 times. Thankyou to author.

  • By Richard David Ballout on 9 December 2014

    Pretty good. I enjoyed it! Was interesting to read the distinction between Gandhi's actual idea and practice of nonviolence, and the myth of what his nonviolence was.

  • By Al Bradley on 2 December 2013

    A very neat insight into some of the more commonly held myths about Gandhi, useful if a little short, but very good all the same.

  • By Sun Queen on 11 October 2015

    MKG - one of the super leaders this world has been graced with!

  • By Allen on 29 October 2014

    Great! :-)

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