After Gandhi

After Gandhi: Brave Torchbearers of Nonviolent Resistance by Anne Sibley O'Brien And Percy Edmond O'Brien, from Hachette India.

After Gandhi: Brave Torchbearers of Nonviolent Resistance brings together a selection of stories of nonviolent peace activists whose actions, it is no exaggeration to say, changed the course of world history. The inspiring stories chronicle the key role nonviolent movements played in the past and the seeds they sowed for inspiring future generations.

The book features Gandhi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Charles Perkins, Cesar Chavez, Muhammad Ali, Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams, the mothers of the Disappeared or Madres de Plaza de Mayo, Aung San Suu Kyi, Student Activists of Tiananmen Square, Desmond Tutu, Vaclav Havel, Wangari Maathai and the protests against the war in Iraq. Each of the 15 main entries includes a little background information as well as an account of significant events.

Beginning with an account of Gandhi’s early work in South Africa, the storyline criss-crosses continents to identify influential episodes throughout the decades. Thich Nhat Hanh and the Vietnam War, Charles Perkins and the Aboriginal Rights Movement, Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams and ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, the Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina, and Vaclav Havel and the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia are a few of the global examples in addition to four stories from the United States.

The book also features a special section called ‘In the Mahatma’s Footsteps.’ This section focuses on India and includes real-life examples of nonviolent resistance and peaceful protests in different parts of India. It brings to light the efforts of people who have peacefully protested, independently or collectively, to fight for a cause towards the betterment of the society. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s thoughts and ideas, The Chipko Movement, the Narmada Bachao Andolan, Irom Sharmila, Right to Information movement and Anna Hazare prove, indeed, that his legacy continues to live on. Each section of the book starts with a double-page illustration and carries a portrait, both in black and white. Famous quotations are highlighted throughout the book in red bands across the page.

In our Politics section, Rs. 350, in paperback, 208 pages, ISBN: 9789350093269