Reading Gandhi Today: Critical Perspectives and Approaches

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Prof. Ranu Uniyal
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                            Reading Gandhi Today: Critical Perspectives and Approaches

                               Department of English and Modern European Languages
                                                        University of Lucknow
                                                                   Call for Papers
We are pleased to inform you that we are going to publish an edited volume (ISBN included)
with the proposed title “Reading Gandhi Today: Critical Perspectives and Approaches”
from a reputed publishing house in India. The book proposes to provide valuable insights
locating new dimensions and paradigms, and cultivating original perspectives. This is a call
to academicians and research scholars from various disciplines for contribution to the book.

Concept Note
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, undoubtedly remains a name that encapsulates more than a
persona, but has rather transcended much beyond the ideological framework within which he
once led the Indian national independence movement. He led India to independence and
inspired movements for civil rights not only in India but also across the world. His arrival on
the Indian political scene provided a new direction to our struggle for independence and
brought about a revolution in our way of life and thought. More than a nationalist and patriot,
Gandhi was a humanist and man of religion. An extraordinary amalgam of religion, politics
and philosophy, he has rightly been called the „Mahatma‟ by his noble contemporary,
Rabindranath Tagore. As a man born out of the Indian soil and reared by the socio-political
forces of colonial oppressions, Gandhi left the world with more than an independent nation
that was yet to take its present shape.

The vantage point of the second decade of the twenty-first century gives an access to
the twentieth century when Gandhi “launched his crusades against racialism, colonialism,
runaway industrialism, religious fundamentalism and violence.” 2020 culminated in the
Corona Crisis after a century of unparalleled mass violence across the globe. In such times
Gandhi stands as the most profound figure who is looked upon as “the prophet of the only
possible future for mankind, a future without hatred, greed and lust for power.” Gandhi‟s
principles of ahimsa, religious tolerance and satyagraha still seem to be the most tenable
doctrines of harmonious existence in a world torn by social discrimination, terrorism and
communal violence today.

Our main purpose is to generate an interest in Gandhi's ideas and philosophy. Gandhi
resisted western hegemonic forces not by violence, but by a perceptive critique of their high
handedness, by gazing inward, by looking within and by trying to formulate principles based
on common good. Satyagraha, Swaraj and Swadeshi are the three movements that formed an
essential corollary to self- discovery. Therefore, there are sub-genres and sub-topics to be explored and researched within the larger universe of Gandhian studies.

There is corpus of books on Gandhi‟s own writings; books dealing with Gandhi and his views on religions; Gandhi readers and books on Gandhi; books on the philosophy of Gandhi; books dealing with freedom struggle and political life of Gandhi; Gandhi‟s innumerable biographies; children version of books on Gandhi; books on Gandhi in his letters, debates and discussions with other figures and writers; books on Gandhi‟s death; and, books on Gandhi and his posterity. There is also the category of miscellaneous books on Gandhi which deals with various subjects which includes illustrated books on Gandhi; books on Gandhi‟s idea of food; books on Gandhi‟s ideas on environment and ecology; and, Gandhi and Cricket.

There are also Literatures in English which include Gandhi in the backdrop, or as a character or are based on his philosophies. Indian literature in general, and Indian English Fiction in particular, bears the stamp of his magnetic personality and thought. Gandhi continues to exert his influence even today and many recent writings bear testimony to this fact. It seems that every generation has to return to him and his ideals in order to evaluate and interpret itself, its values and its socio-cultural reality.

How important is Gandhi today is validated by the fact that in times of dire need, when no solution strikes to mind, when intellect fumbles and technology fails then the Gandhian policies, philosophy, ideas, thoughts and theories are seen as life-lines in times of crisis. Whether it is rural employment, need for eco-centric strategies, or the use of swadeshi, Gandhi stands as the need of the hour. Gandhian sphere of knowledge in itself is an ever-expanding universe existing despite the opposing academic, capitalist and material forces.

This call for papers invites newer insights, criticism and theoretical inputs enriching the field of Gandhian studies and its relevance. Sub-themes

 Gandhi and South Africa

 Gandhi and his formative years

 Gandhi and Indian Influences

 Gandhi and Western Influences

 Gandhian and Non-cooperation

 Gandhi and Communal Award and Poona Pact

 Gandhi and Constructive Programme

 Gandhi and Partition of India

 Gandhi books for Children

 Gandhi and other writers

 Gandhi and other political leaders

 Gandhi and food

 Gandhi and his letters

 Gandhi and his biographies

 Gandhi and nation

 Gandhi and political philosophy

 Gandhi and his death

 Gandhi and posterity

 Gandhi in twenty-first century

Submission Guidelines (Please Read and Follow Very Carefully) We invite original research papers as electronic submissions via e-mail as attached documents (Microsoft word only).

Submission must be in single attachment. The documents must include name and affiliation details in the body of submission. Subject line must be Submission of Research Paper.

Submission e-mail must include a statement claiming that you have read the submission guidelines and agree to the policy of publication and that the submission is original and does not contain plagiarized material.

Format of the Research Papers

Authors are requested to strictly follow the MLA 8th Edition style while preparing the articles.

Authors are also requested to include the following in the format of their articles:

1. Full title with subtitle, if any. Times New Roman font, size 14, bold (not all capital letters)

2. Name and affiliation of the author/s

3. An abstract of about 200-250 words and a bio-note 100-150 words.

4. Authors should note that the main body of the text should be prepared in such a way that no formatting is needed afterwards. Heading, sub headings and illustrations should be appropriately incorporated within the main body of the text. Times New Roman font, size 12 and justified.

5. The research paper should be 4500-7000 words inclusive of Abstract and Works Cited.

6. All portions of the articles should be double-spaced.

7. Authors should be careful regarding grammatical and typographical errors.

8. All essays submitted must be in English for review.

9. Plagiarism report of the Research paper duly checked in plagiarism software like Urkund, viper, Turn it in, Plag scan etc. Note: Do not adorn your submission with lines, borders, special characters etc., which may lead to rejection.


Please send your submissions to before 30th September 2020. In the subject please mention “Paper on Gandhi.” The document should be named “Gandhi –Author‟s name.”
Dr. Ranu Uniyal
Professor and Head,
Department of English and Modern European Languages,
University of Lucknow.