Critical Nation

Economic and Political Weekly 42 (48):96-103 (2007)
Gandhi’s notion of passive-resistance is critical in two ways and defines swaraj and swadeshi, leading to his assertion that India alone is the land of redemption for the world afflicted with modern civilization, “the sheet-anchor of our hope”. “Sound at the foundation”, “India remains as it was before”, while the world speeds on, “usurp[ing] the function of Godhead” and indulg[ing] in novel experiments”. This paper aims at elaborating Gandhi’s definition of nature in terms of the scalar, speed, as found in Hind Swaraj and other writings in order to demonstrate that India as hind swaraj is critical nation.
Keywords Mahatma Gandhi  Speed  Hypophysics  Hind Swaraj  Religion  Metaphysics  Heidegger  Agamben  Derrida  Paul Virilio
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