I highly recommend this book for those who are interested in the history of India. I also feel strongly that this volume is worth reading for anyone interested in the development of leadership, and the symbolic actions that may accompany the leader's actions.
Symbolic action is not just something done generations ago. Did we not once see an American president, dressed in flight gear, land on an aircraft carrier, declaring "mission accomplished".
As far as India is concerned, Gandhi's view that it would become a collection of villages with spinning wheels has not come to fruition. India, despite its problems, is an industrial power with a strong and vigorous military establishment.
This would be a big surprise to the little man in the white loin cloth with the tiny spinning wheel, always in search for Truth, which was his God.
Posey is a retired Presbyterian minister who lives in Charleston.