For the past half century, Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne Hoeber Rudolph have published significant works on India in general and on Gandhi in particular. Their Postmodern Gandhi and Other Essays is a substantial, insightful, challenging, and controversial work.

This volume will appeal to a wide and diverse readership of specialists, students, and general readers who are interested in Gandhi's relevance for today's world. The essays are valuable for readers in history, politics, cultural studies, Asian studies, comparative studies, postcolonial studies, and other fields.

The four chapters in part II are all coauthored by the Rudolphs, and all are reproduced from their book The Modernity of Tradition: Political Development in India (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967, later included in Gandhi: The Traditional Roots of Charisma [Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983]). The essays focus on the normative oppositional dichotomies used by British colonialists to categorize Indians: assertive, courageous, and...

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