This branch of economicsis based on the socio-economic principles expounded by Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi. It is largely in conforming with the principles and objectives of nonviolent humanistic socialism, but with a rejection of violent class war and promotion of socio-economic harmony. Gandhi’s economic ideas also aim to promote spiritual development and a rejection of materialism. He was inspired by a vision of swaraj (self-government) which for him, meant not just freedom from colonial rule but the achievement of self-reliance and self-respect by the villagers who make up most of India’s population. The center focuses on the application of Gandhian concepts towards solving various economic problems related to society, psychology, health, education, consumption behavior, industrialization, technology and the scale of production, trusteeship, industrial relations, and work and leisure.



Gandhian Alternative (vol. 4 : Economics Where People Matter)

Author: V.K. Natraj And Neeru Kapoor

The book is an attempt to bring together the various strands of Gandhian economic thought and relate them to the problems we face today. This is a collection of 19 papers which aim to translate gandhian concepts into a framework more readly familiar to modern social scientists, economists in particular. The book is born out of the hope that Gandhi’s legacy will come to be seen as offering an intellectually stimulating and spiritually satisfying alternative to the theories and paradigms, which have so far constituted ‘received wisdom’.





Challenges of 21st Century: Gandhian Alternatives

Author: Anil Dutta Mishra

This is a collection of 28 papers put together by Anil Dutta Mishra, New Delhi. The paper focus Gandhian perspective in present day world, societal challenges, sustainable human development, Western civilization, New World Order, New Economic Order, globalization, eco-crisis, gender justice, women’s emancipation, approach to peace, and conflict resolution. Four writers concern themselves with gender justice and there is an essay each on peace and rural education.