The essential Gandhi as literary journalism in Hind Swaraj

Chapman, Jane (2014) The essential Gandhi as literary journalism in Hind Swaraj. In: Global literary journalism: exploring the journalistic imagination [volume 2]. Mass Communication and Journalism, 2 (15). Peter Lang, New York. ISBN 9781433124709, 9781433124693

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Abstract

Mohandas Gandhi wrote Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule in 1909 in just nine days on a boat between London and South Africa – but this short production period belies a longer gestation of profound literary and philosophical influences – principally Ruskin (Unto This Last) and Tolstoy (The Kingdom of God is Within You). Gandhi’s literary journalism takes the form of a dialogue between two characters – the Reader (a typical Indian countryman) and the Editor (Gandhi) – who says: ‘It is my duty patiently to try to remove your prejudice.’
The essay argues that this seed-corn work encapsulating Gandhi’s philosophy stretches the boundaries of literary journalism in four respects: through its connections with newspaper contexts, its selection of a moment in time, its aim for the transformation of the individual and its use of literary devises. At one level, these provides a backbone of understanding of the aesthetic elements that make Hind Swaraj a seminal but also an accessible work; at another level it can also be read as the politically engaged and impassioned thoughts of one man – a man with a mission, first announced to the world in this publication.

Keywords:India, Gandhi, Ruskin, Tolstoy, Hind Swaraj, Indian Home Rule, literary journalism, Indian Opinion, Young India, Navajivan, SS Kildonan Castle, Gujarati, Indian National Congress, Unto This Last, The Kingdom of God is Within You, satyagraha, Letter to a Hindoo, Times of London, Gandhian philosophy, Thoreau, On Civil Disobedience, civilization, Indian civilization, Tolstoy Farm, Dharma, ethics
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V271 International History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V240 Asian History
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P990 Mass Communications and Documentation not elsewhere classified
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V242 Indian History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V146 Modern History 1920-1949
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V243 South East Asian History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V140 Modern History
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P590 Journalism not elsewhere classified
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V200 History by area
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V310 Economic History
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P305 Paper-based Media studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P390 Media studies not elsewhere classified
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (Journalism)
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