Unconditional Equality:Gandhi's Religion of Resistance
Ajay Skaria
  • ISBN : 9788178244778
  • year : 2016
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Unconditional Equality examines Mahatma Gandhi?s critique of liberal ideas of freedom and equality, and his own practice of a freedom and equality organized around religion. Sometimes working against the grain of Gandhi?s explicit formulations, Unconditional Equality reconceives satyagraha (passive resistance) as a politics that strives for the absolute equality of all beings. Liberal traditions usually affirm an abstract equality. But for Gandhi such equality is an ?equality of [the] sword??because it excludes those presumed to lack reason (such as animals or the colonized), but also because those included lose the power to love. Gandhi professes instead a politics organized around dharma, or religion. For him, there can be ?no politics without religion.? This involves self-surrender, a freely offered surrender of autonomy and everyday sovereignty. For Gandhi, the ?religion that stays in all religions? is satyagraha.