Gandhi's Peace Army: The Shanti Sena and Unarmed Peacekeeping

Gandhi's Peace Army: The Shanti Sena and Unarmed Peacekeeping

by Thomas Weber
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815626843

ISBN-13: 9780815626848

Pub. Date: 10/28/1995

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

With an increase in United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world and with the problems faced by the UN forces in Somalia and Bosnia, there is growing debate about their future and the possible alternatives to resolving international and intercommunal conflicts. Thomas Weber examines the viability of unarmed peacekeeping through a detailed investigation of…  See more details below

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With an increase in United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world and with the problems faced by the UN forces in Somalia and Bosnia, there is growing debate about their future and the possible alternatives to resolving international and intercommunal conflicts. Thomas Weber examines the viability of unarmed peacekeeping through a detailed investigation of Gandhi's peace army, which has inspired many of the attempted campaigns of unarmed peacekeeping. The Shanti Sena, which is based largely on Mahatma Gandhi's ideas, was established in 1958, ten years after his death. Sena members, found only in India, are involved in conflict resolution on a grass-roots level, using peace-building techniques that have inspired international groups such as the World Peace Brigade, the Cyprus Resettlement Project, and Peace Brigades International. Relying on interviews with key participants and analysts of the peace army and archival documents, the book contributes greatly to the study of unarmed peacekeeping. It marks the first time anyone has chronicled in such detail the activities and history of the Shanti Sena during its most active years of 1957 to 1975.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815626848
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Series:
Peace and Conflict Resolution Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Mainstream Peacekeeping1
2Unarmed Peacekeeping11
3The Historical Gandhian Background43
4The Philosophical Gandhian Background55
5A History of the Shanti Sena69
6Peacekeeping and the Shanti Sena104
7The Ideological Basis of the Shanti Sena138
8Lessons from the Shanti Sena161
App. A. The Establishment of United Nations Peacekeeping Forces189
App. B. Maude Royden's Peace Army195
App. C. Report of the Meeting to Establish a Shanti Sena at Wardha, March 1950203
App. D. The Shanti Sena Pledges205
App. E. Guide Lines for Shanti Sainiks in Times of Emergency, Narayan Desai212
Notes217
Bibliography267
Index285

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