Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) sought to alleviate poverty and empower women. His commitment to nonviolence and the economic ideal of “small is beautiful” continue to inspire grassroots movements around the globe. This article discusses the Chipko movement of northern India, the protection of rain forests in Kerala’s Silent Valley, the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), and Medha Patkar’s valiant though ultimately futile attempt to save the Narmada River from a massive government damming project. The ongoing legacy of these movements can be found in AWAG, the Ahmedabad Women’s Action Group and Women’s Shanti Sena (Peace Force).
Bhatt, Purnima Mehta
"An Examination of Gandhian Economic and Political Thought and Its Relevance to the Empowerment of Women,"
Monsoon: South Asian Studies Association Journal: Vol. 2:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/monsoon-sasa-journal/vol2/iss1/7
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