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The Web of FreedomJ.C. Kumarappa and Gandhi's Struggle for Economic Justice.$
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Venu Madhav Govindu and Deepak Malghan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199460816

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460816.001.0001

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Whither Sarvodaya?

Whither Sarvodaya?

(p.240) 13 Whither Sarvodaya?
The Web of Freedom

Venu Madhav Govindu

Deepak Malghan

Oxford University Press

The advent of freedom brought about enormous political changes in India. Kumarappa fought a rearguard battle for rural India in the face of official and political indifference. This chapter details Kumarappa’s response to the significant transformations in newly independent India. The assassination of Gandhi also resulted in a fundamental shift in the balance of power within Indian leadership. Gandhi was killed at a time when he, in collaboration with Kumarappa, was preparing to consolidate the constructive work organizations into a new social and political outfit that was more in tune with the demands of the times. In Gandhi’s absence, the community of constructive workers failed to organize themselves into a significant force in Indian politics, and that had serious implications. A key moment in this transition was the March 1948 Sevagram meeting. This chapter also presents a scholarly analysis of this meeting and its implications for Gandhi’s legacy in independent India.

Keywords:   constructive work in the post-Gandhi era, Sevagram meeting of March 1948, Sarva Seva Sangh, Sarvodaya Samaj, Vinoba Bhave, Gandhi’s legacy of constructive work

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