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It is a welcome development that academic and action interest in Gandhi and his period, as well as in the lives and works of the associates of his movement and various campaigns, is on the rise.… Joseph Chelladurai Kumarappa, better known as J. C. Kumarappa or JCK, may have been comparatively a lesser known Gandhian for long, but not any longer. This has changed, especially after the arrival of a few others and this meticulously conceived and appreciably written book by Chaitra Redkar.
Dr J. C. Kumarappa was a prominent Gandhian economist who attempted ‘green’ critique of both capitalism and communism as both followed the development policies, enhanced inequality and deprived a large number of people from their livelihood. His critique was based on the Gandhian critique of sustainable development.
The present volume which is built around the socio-economic ideas of J. C. Kumarappa acquires seminal importance, particularly in the context where Kumarappa’s contribution has been inadequately covered by scholars. One has to also appreciate the intellectual importance of this volume for another, perhaps more important reason—that it opens up a new dimension of Gandhian economics. The volume manifests to the readers the formative influence of the Western intellectual tradition that shaped Kumarappa’s thought.
The world is going through a difficult period. On the one hand the world seems to be progressing, but at what cost?… One can find some answers to such difficult questions in J. C. Kumarappa’s thinking. He was a true Gandhian in all sense. He believed in ‘small is beautiful’. It is Antyodaya (uplift of the last), base of Gandhian economic thinking. Today it is all the more relevant. Unfortunately, after Independence many intellectuals like J. C.