Mahatma Gandhi’s Socio-Economic Thoughts on Economic Policy Making
Gandhiji is rightly credited with pioneering Satyagraha, resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience and vocalizing a transcendent message that helped the Indian National Congress acquire independence from the British in August 1947. Often forgotten or omitted by standard histories, however, are Gandhiji’s idealistic leanings about RamRajya a state where there would be no representative government, no constitution, no army or police force. There would be no capitalism, no communism, no exploitation and no religious
violence. Instead, a future Indian nation would be modeled off the India of the past. It would feature an agrarian economy, self-sustaining villages, an absence of civil law and a moral framework that would express the collective will of the people.
This paper aims at focussing on the socio economic thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi and its influence on India’s economic policy making and concludes that modern India has traveled far in a direction quite the opposite of the one the Father of the Nation would have advocated
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