Macropedia Index> Anarchism

An impressive example of the breadth of Anarchist influence is Mahatma Gandhi, who based his strategy of nonviolent civil disobedience in South Africa and India on the teachings of nonviolent Anarchists such as Tolstoy and Thoreau and who remembered his reading of Kropotkin when he devised for India the plan of a decentralized society based on autonomous village communes. Gandhi’s village India has not come into being, but the movement known as Sardovaya, led by Vinoba Bhave and Jaya Prakash Narayan, has been working toward it through gramdan–community ownership of land. By 1969 a fifth of the villages of India had declared for gramdan, and, while this remained largely a matter of unrealized gestures, it represented perhaps the most extensive commitment to basic Anarchist ideas in the contemporary world.


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Macropedia Index> Anarchism

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