Gandhi has been called the “Father of India” and his name is often invoked as a synonym for peaceful revolution, compassion, and racial harmony. Many leaders, scholars, and academics have continued to uphold this narrative of Gandhi for decades. But is there another side to Gandhi’s legacy which has been suppressed? This booklet examines the topic of whether Gandhi was a racist or a revolutionary by delving into his words and actions on three major topics — personal morality, the caste system, and the African people.More info →
"If you read Captivating the Simple-Hearted, you will be amazed to know about the Gurus' wonderful proclivity towards the Mulnivasi. Anyone who wants freedom in this world should partake of this history to learn about facing today's challenges."
— Dr. V. Rajunayak, Visiting Scholar, Institute for South Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
"Captivating probes what it means to be Sikh and brings important questions of Sikh resistance into the forefront with a wide spectrum of historical accounts that rupture hegemonic discourses."
— Indira-Natasha Prahst, Sociologist, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Langara College, Vancouver
"This monograph subsumes one of the historical attempts of Indigenous people to write their own history of defiance and subversion for the sake of upholding human values and egalitarian principles rather than power, hegemony, or supremacy.... Captivating the Simple-Hearted remains a necessary read on aboriginal history."
— Shrikant Borkar, MA, MSc., PhD (Anthropology), University of Sussex
"Captivating is a timely work that interrogates the structure of caste and its impact on marginalized peoples of South Asia. The work weaves a rich brocade of history, ideology, and praxis that has been put to use by the elite at the apex of the caste pyramid to subjugate hundreds of millions of people in one of the most oppressive nations on earth."
— Dr. Harpreet Singh, Professor of South Asian Traditions and Languages, Harvard University
"The authors compellingly argue for the suffering millions to derive inspiration from the Sikh Revolution, which envisioned India as a modern, casteless, classless society with equitable mobility and which galvanized the masses through a long period."
— Dr. Manisha Bangar, National Vice-President, All India Backward (SC, ST, OBC) And Minority Communities Employees Federation
"This book is a sincere scholarly attempt to examine the course of the historical journey of the Indian subcontinent.... Captivating blends teh vision of Guru Granth Sahib and Mulnivasi history into one goal given by Guru Nanak when he said the Guru's blessing shall pour forth where the lowest of the low are cared for and protected."
— Dr. Amrik Singh, Professor of Foreign Languages and Ethnic Studies, California State University, Sacramento
"This little book has a potential of forging solidarity among the victims of horrendous Hindutva majoritarianism for a future egalitarian society as it is solidly based on the rich heritage of emancipatory movements, Sikhism in particular."
— Dr. Rajkumar Hans, Former Professor of History, M.S. University of Baroda
"This is a monumental, groundbreaking, intellectual book based upon accurate primary sources with historical rigors applied and then properly analyzed right to the core of ground realities."
— Col. G.B. Singh (U.S. Army, ret.), Author of Gandhi Under Cross-Examination
“This timely and extremely relevant collection will be very useful reading for scholars, students, and practitioners interested to understand India’s path from democracy to dictatorship and from secularism to theocracy.”— Dr. Ashok Swain, Uppsala University
“Pieter’s work is meticulously researched, dogged, and consistently sheds light on the connection between neoliberalism, white supremacy, Hindutva, and violence. An important book to understand the present political moment.”
— Suchitra Vijayan, The Polis Project
“This compilation highlights the problematic character of Hindutva ideology, provides a profound insight on RSS and its international subsidiaries, and is highly relevant for national and international audiences interested in understanding the slow collapse of a plural democracy in India.”— Dr. Ritumbra Manuvie, University of Groningen
“What makes Friedrich’s compendium especially compelling is that its reportage is at once a contemporary account and a historical lens for future generations that will want to mine the depths of Hindutva fascism’s beginning, middle and end; for there should be no doubt that, like all self-destructive xenophobic ideologies, Hindu Nationalism, too, shall come to grief, sooner than later.”— Ajit Sahi, Indian journalist and activist
“We hope Indians (particularly Hindus) the world over pay attention to this timely and well-researched book which chronicles the rise of Hindu Nationalism and consequent decline of democracy, religious freedom and human rights in India.”— Hindus for Human RightsMore info →