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Swaraj and Sovereignty

Gandhi's understanding of swaraj in thought and practice is a systematic response to the definition of sovereignty in post-enlightenment political theory. The concept of swaraj does not merely address the question of self-rule versus foreign rule or state rule versus anarchy, rather it questions the very presuppositions of sovereignty as constituted in the modern nation state. In that way Gandhi not only presents a fundamentally different theory of the relation between civil society and the state but also of the two constitutive principles of modern theories of sovereignty - supreme authority and territory.
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