Peter Gonsalves , Salesian Pontifical University, Rome, author of Khadi: Gandhi’s Mega Symbol of Subversion speaks to Mark Ulyseas LINK
“My book is not about khadi. It is about Gandhi’s subversive symbolization through khadi. It therefore emphasizes the symbolic role that khadi played in the freedom struggle. Therefore, I am personally indifferent to the relevance or irrelevance of khadi today.
But, people do benefit and even profit from its relevance today. It is relevant and salutary to those who strive to follow in the huge footsteps of Gandhi. These are the social activists and community workers who dedicate their lives to the liberation of the millions at the bottom of India’s stratified pyramid. Then there are those who abuse the historical credibility that khadi has to promote their own interests – whether it be to impress the public or to win the elections. There is a third group that, motivated by pecuniary concerns, has tried to reinstate khadi as a popular fashion statement suitable for public performances and ceremonies.”
Peter Gonsalves, PhD, currently teaches the Sciences of Social Communication at the Salesian Pontifical University, Rome. A member of SIGNIS, a world association for communicators, he has also written a manual for South Asian educators entitled Exercises in Media Education. https://www.facebook.com/GandhisMegaSymbol
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