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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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The Lonely Furrow

The Lonely Furrow

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(p.125) 9 The Lonely Furrow
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The Web of Freedom
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Venu Madhav Govindu

Deepak Malghan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460816.003.0009

This chapter details Gandhi and Kumarappa’s struggle to promote village industries in the face of indifference and criticism. The early years of the AIVIA are described and located within the context of the politics of the time that include Gandhi’s proposal for Nai Talim or New Education and Kumarappa’s role in and eventual resignation from the National Planning Committee (NPC) of the Congress. A substantial portion of the chapter is also devoted to explaining the nature of the criticism against Kumarappa and the AIVIA. Of particular significance is the debate between Kumarappa and Jayaprakash Narayan on economic choices. This debate is far more insightful than the schematic presentation of the differences on economic questions between Gandhi and Nehru that is often discussed in the literature. Additionally, the health problems that plagued Kumarappa are also discussed.

Keywords:   All-India Village Industries Association, critics of Kumarappa and Gandhi, Kumarappa–Jayaprakash Narayan debate on economic choices, National Planning Committee, Kumarappa’s health, Gram Udyog Patrika, Nai Talim or New Education, Why the Village Movement, Congress Provincial Governments, economic surveying

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