Tara Sethia (Ed) (Author) Tara Sethia is a professor of history and the founding director of the Ahimsa Center at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She led the task of establishing on campus the degree programme for an interdisciplinary minor in Nonviolence Studies. She teaches Indian history and core courses in the Nonviolence Studies programme and directs summer institutes for K-12 teachers. She is the author of Gandhi: Pioneer of Nonviolent Social Change (2012) and has edited Ahimsa, Anekanta and Jainism (2004). She received her doctorate in history from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Anjana Narayan (Ed) (Author) Anjana Narayan is an assistant professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her areas of interest include ethnicity, gender and migration. She is the co-author of Living Our Religions: Hindu and Muslim South Asian-American Women Narrate Their Experiences (2009) and co-editor of Research beyond Borders: Interdisciplinary Reflections (2012). She received her doctorate in sociology from the University of Connecticut and a postgraduate degree in social work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.
This inspiring volume presents unique insights from leading international scholars, activists, educators and thought leaders on the contemporary relevance of Gandhi‰۪s ideas and actions. The essays here reveal that for Gandhi legitimate coercion by the state in certain cases was compatible with ahimsa; a balance between spiritual and material values was essential for a true civilization, and swaraj anchored in self-discipline and self-restraint was an imperative for sustainable ways of life. The essays also illustrate how Gandhi has been instructive for ethical business leadership, socially responsible investing and entrepreneurship, transformative education and caring for nature. This book compellingly reaffi rms the continuing signifi cance of Gandhi‰۪s wisdom for a just and peaceful world.