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Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule

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In Hind Swaraj, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi presents his vision for India's future, advocating for self-rule and self-sufficiency as the path to genuine freedom from British colonial rule. Gandhi's arguments are deeply rooted in his belief in nonviolent resistance and his criticisms of modern civilization, particularly its focus on material wealth and industrialization.

Throughout the book, Gandhi challenges readers to reconsider their values and priorities, urging them to prioritize simplicity, spirituality, and community over material possessions and individualism. He argues that genuine progress can only come from within, through a rejection of Western values and a return to traditional Indian culture and practices.

While some may find Gandhi's ideas to be idealistic or outdated, Hind Swaraj remains a thought-provoking and influential work that continues to inspire readers to question the foundations of modern society and consider alternative paths to freedom and self-determination. Gandhi's message of nonviolent resistance and self-reliance continues to resonate with readers today, making Hind Swaraj a timeless and important work in the history of Indian independence and political philosophy.

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First written in Gandhi's native language Gujarati, this booklet advocates for Indian non-violent self-rule during the struggle for Indian independence against the British Empire. It is written as a dialogue between two characters. In it, the "Reader" serves as a typical Indian countryman (the targeted audience for Hind Swaraj), who voices common beliefs and arguments of the time concerning Indian independence, while Gandhi, the "Editor," explains why those arguments are flawed and interjects his own valuable arguments of self-reliance, passive resistance and the Indian identity.

The Gujarati-language publication was banned from publication by the British in India, causing Gandhi to translate it to English himself to evade the British authorities, as well as rally support from English-speaking Indians and international supporters of independence. It is now considered the intellectual blueprint of India's independence movement. (Mary Kay and Wikipedia)

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