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Gandhi’s Notion of Economic and Political Decentralization

M. Shafi Bhat

Post Doctoral Fellowship Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) JNU Institutional Area, New Delhi - 110 067, INDIA.

ABSTRACT

Gandhi advocated both economic and political decentralization. He was a votary of individual freedom. Centralization is incompatible with individual freedom. If the creation of a non- violent society is to be brought out, centralization should go, for centralization cannot be sustained and defended without adequate force. Centralization makes life highly complex and is restrictive of individual initiative and diminishes opportunities for self- government. It also leads to depersonalization and makes men insensitive to moral considerations.

Keywords :individual freedom, economic and political decentralization.