Gandhi and the Emergence of the Modern Indian Political Canon

  title={Gandhi and the Emergence of the Modern Indian Political Canon},
  author={Anthony J. Parel},
  journal={The Review of Politics},
  pages={40 - 63}
  • A. Parel
  • Published 15 February 2008
  • Sociology
  • The Review of Politics
Abstract This article explores Mahatma Gandhi's contributions towards the evolution of the modern Indian political canon. Beginning with the Arthasastra, classical India had a political canon of its own. It flourished for over a millennium, but it suffered near extinction with the introduction in the nineteenth century of the Western political canon by the colonial state. Gandhi in the twentieth century intervened and challenged the dominance of the Western canon. He updated the old canon by… Expand
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