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Who Will Listen?

Reading Gandhi in the Twenty-First Century by Niranjan Ramakrishnan (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), 2013; pp 138, price not indicated.

The book seeks to show as to how major issues of our times relate to what Gandhi set down in HindSwaraj and his later writings, almost a century ago, and to persuade us to think seriously where we are today. Starting off with a Prologue, it unfurls itself into 14 essays putting across the author’s reflections covering a rather wide swath of topics, almost all on which Gandhi had strong views and ends up with an epilogue. The effort in the book is to interpret Gandhi’s prophetic words and actions, against the context of a variety of issues we face today. “It is the faith of both the world’s elites and its middle classes that science is the answer, that technology is the future, that gadgetry will resolve humanity’s problems”, that has provoked the author to reread Gandhi and take up the ambitious project of resuscitating his observations out of his experiments with truth (p 2).

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