I remember reading its opening chapters in the ill-printed pages of some Indian newspaper. They made a good impression on me, which Gandhi himself at that time did not. The things that one associated with him—home-spun cloth, “soul forces” and vegetarianism—were unappealing, and his medievalist program was obviously not viable in a backward, starving, over-populated country.
While most people remember Gandhi’s campaigns of peaceful non-violence in support of the independence of India, few remember that his economic program of anti-industrial autarky was a recipe for mass-deprivation and suffering. Admire his means, but not his message.