Circular : Gandhi: Today and Beyond Two Day Symposium on “Reading Hind Swaraj”

Published on: 25-01-2019 FACULTY OF ARTS >> Office

Faculty of Arts
The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Vadodara, Gujarat, India - 390 002
Accredited ‘A’ by NAAC
Gandhi: Today and Beyond

Two Day Symposium on
“Reading Hind Swaraj”

Date: January 28 and 29, 2019
Time: 2.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Venue: Sri Aurobindo Hall, Faculty of Arts, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

Concept Note
M K Gandhi is recognized, critically acknowledged and celebrated in India and across the world for many reasons, some of which include his leadership of India’s struggle against colonialism and for freedom; his idea of the possibility and practicability of a non-violent revolution; his democratization of India’s politics, his conceptualization of an alternative possibility to modernity and his influencing several liberation struggles across the world. Such has been the importance and influence of Gandhi that Time Magazine named him as the Man of the Year in 1930 and positioned him as runner-up to Albert Einstein in 1999 as Person of the Century. Perhaps, the most continually important and substantive acclaim has been India’s recognition of Gandhi as the Father of the Nation.
At a time when the world is infested with violence and innumerable forms of injustices, reminiscing Gandhi holds pertinence. 2018 marks the 150th birth anniversary of M K Gandhi. Born on 2nd October 1869, Gandhi went on to define much of the times which he lived in. Therefore, Gandhi continues to hold relevant and pertinence for us today, in the 21st century, when the world we inhabit is characterized by multiple and diverse forms of violence. As part of this series of events, Reading Hind Swaraj students’ symposium has been conceptualized to set grounds for a deliberative space on understanding Hind Swaraj.
Hind Swaraj or India’s Home Rule Movement is one such seminal text penned by Gandhi on the various aspects concerning his painstaking search for comprehending Truth at every point that coincides with developing a vision for a changing India. This book written in 1909, as a conversation between the Editor and Reader exposes the larger sentiments of the masses concerning national independence. The dialogical encounter of ideas in the text throws open an arena for the readers to try and understand the prejudices of ones times. His critical engagement with the external opens up avenues towards realizing a spiritual essence of being which he applied in the understanding of conflict, human nature, society and institutions of power that affected man in various ways. His emphasis on the method of action makes the endeavor a space for the thinking rational mind to engage in a critical –creative reconstructive understanding of the events with morality and politics sustaining each other as inseparable forces. Such is the novelty of Gandhi’s conceptualization of alternative possibilities to modernity that it was received with awe. Hind Swaraj expounds such multiple narratives of varying concerns leaving the reader to uncover for oneself, one’s own truth. An intense conversational style of the text provides to us a glimpse of the ‘quest’ that Gandhi is relentlessly engaged in. Deliberating over this text leaves us with a glimpse of the thought-schema that Gandhi had in mind for the progress of humankind in the wake of the freedom struggle that ensued at all levels; which was undoubtedly open to changes with changing contexts. The prudence of this text lies in the intellectual freedom and openness it provides for one to gather diverse meanings from dialogues in the text. “Reading Hind Swaraj”, hence, will continue to remain an exercise and perhaps one of the best ways to reminisce Gandhi as it allows us to ponder over some major concerns raised in it and transcend into the now with the wisdom gathered out of it.
Registration Details:
The symposium is free and open to students across disciplines and departments of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara. Interested participants are required to send the registration forms duly filled up to the following email id:;

The symposium entails an opportunity for participants to present papers in Gujarati and/or English – the languages in which Gandhi wrote Hind Swaraj.
Participants interested to present the paper are required to send anabstract, not more than 150 words, to the following email id:;
The last date for registration and for sending abstracts is January 18, 2019.The abstracts will be reviewed by a committee constituted under the aegis of “Gandhi: Today and Beyond” and participants will receive acceptance letters by January 20, 2019.

The participants are requested to remain present for all sessions to be able to receive the certificate of participation.
 Aparna Vijayan                                                                                  Pradip Vegad
Coordinator                                                                                          Coordinator
“Reading Hind Swaraj”                                                                        “Reading Hind Swaraj”
 Professor Lajwanti Chatani
Gandhi: Today and Beyond


25-01-2019 11:12:17
25-01-2019 11:12:16