Economic Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhian Studies and Peace Research Series
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  • Author :Shanti Swarup Gupta
  • Year of Publication :1994
  • ISBN: :9788170225485
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: VII, 350
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Economics, Gandhian Studies, Philosophy

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About the Book :

Gandhiji's highly practical approach to life and its problems, to politics in all its ramifications, to economics, in short, in very field of human activity, takes care of the idealistic craving of the human mind. Here lies the impotance of Gandhiji's thoughts and approach. In the present study Dr. S.S. Gupta has analysed some of the basic concepts of Gandhi's economic philsophy in the context of modern economic theory. The author belives that Gandhiji took life as a whole. He was not prepared to divide it into water-tight comprartments. He was convinced that every part of life is interdependent and acts and reacts on each other, the sum total effect of which is on the quality of life. So, Gandhi's economic philosophy cannot be understood in isolation. Further, the fundamentals of the entire life should be common for all parts of life-economic, social, political, etc. He draws heavily from the ancient philosphy of India and wants to construct a happy society based on juman values such as truth, non-violence, simplicity, etc. The world has seen that capitalism and thereafter socialism have failed to make man happy. Gandhi therefore, sets the goal of Anand (bliss) in place of welfare, where everyone will be happy. Dr. Gupta has made an excellent contribution by the present study. The simplicity of style and language, the deep insight of the author, the expert handing and critical assessment of the subject matter-all these and many other qualities of the present study heighten its value and make it a highly commendable work.

About Author :

S.S. Gupta (both 1-1-1929) currently Vice-Chancellor of the Agra University, is a D. Litt. In Economics. He worked as a Principal for 13 years and made bold experiments. He tried to give new direction to N.S.S., N.C.C, Proctorial Ministry of the College, College Library, College Buildings, Keeping of College Accounts, etc. He tried to place a Principal-Teacher, Principal Non-Teacher and principal-Students relationships on new foundations. He tried to develop in all a sense of belonging to and pride in the institution. It all gave excellent results and the college was given U.P. Merit Award twice. During his tenure of 13 years as Principal, almost 50 teachers earned Ph.D. degrees and almost 250 students were registered for their Ph.D. degrees in the Faculties of Arts, Science, Education and Law. But his tenure abruptly ended in discomfiture. The College Management could not relish his popularity. It encouraged teacher-politics and patted rowdy students. Principal Gupta was physically assaulted twice for not permitting copying in the examinations or allowing misappropriation or embezzlement of funds .Ultimately Dr. Gupta preferred to take pre-mature retirement, two years earlier than the due time of superannuation. Dr. Gupta has written several thought provoking books. Most of his research articles and Survey Reports have been published.