SWARAJ And the Reluctant State
This book traces the historical roots of marginalization of Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims and Women in Indian Society and appraises the role of the State in combating the widespread discrimination faced by them in society, economy, politics and governance, and in their own struggles for dignity and social justice. The book is divided into four parts, each part containing a set of papers covering a thematic dimensions of GandhianSwaraj. Part I brings out the convergence of Gandhian thought with the views of other social thinkers and explores its impact on the visions of social movements for liberation of Dalits, gender equality, human rights and its potential for conflict resolution. It also covers the revival of interest in Gandhian Philosophy through the medium of popular Hindi cinema. Part II critiques the role of the State in eliminating marginalization of these social groups and surveys their own efforts and experiences in seeking equality and social justice. Part III deals with international perspectives onSwarajwith papers presenting its rich potential for creative application while addressing contemporary social issues in diverse situations. Part IV presents initiatives and experiments by civil society groups in applying the tenets ofSwarajin day-to-day life.
K.B. Saxenais former Secretary to the Government of India, and presently distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Governance in the Council for Social Development, New Delhi.