“Gandhiji had tried to shake us gently to lose civilisational obesity through the book Hind Swaraj,” said Gandhian author Dr G B Harish at Gandhi Bhavan on Tuesday.
As part of the memorial of W H Hanumanthappa, the author presented a bird’s view of the book written by M K Gandhi. “Hind Swaraj is an essential book for colonial and post-colonial studies,” said Harish.
He compared India in its present state with how it was during the freedom struggle. According to him, no party in India now believes and follows Swadeshi ideals. “The British banned the book so that we don’t read it. Now, we have banned it by not reading it,” he quipped.
President of Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi Dr Ho Srinivasaiah, endowment representative Deva Kumar and secretary of Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi Shivraju were present at the function.