Gandhian socialism

Gandhian socialism is the branch of socialism based on the nationalist interpretation of the theories of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhian socialism generally centres on Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule authored by Gandhi.

Federation of political and economical power and demonstrating a traditionalist reluctance towards the modernisation of technology and large scale industrialisation whilst emphasising self-employment and self-reliance are key features of Gandhian socialism.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and other party leaders incorporated Gandhian socialism as one of the concepts for the party.[1][2]

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Further readingEdit

  • Shourie, Arun (1990). Individuals, institutions, processes: How one may strengthen the other in India today. New Delhi, India: Viking. ISBN 9780670837878
  • Swarup, Ram (1955). Gandhism and communism: Principles and technique. New Delhi: J. Prakashan.


  1. ^ "Harsh lessons for BJP, for RSS too". 14 April 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  2. ^ "National : We are for Gandhian socialism, says Vajpayee". The Hindu. 11 September 2004. Retrieved 18 August 2014.