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The Fight Against Racialism

B. R. Nanda

in Gandhi and his Critics

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780195633634
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081332 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195633634.003.0005

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

The Fight Against Racialism

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Mahatma Gandhi stayed in South Africa from 1893 to 1914, during which he developed ideas and methods that would profoundly affect the history not only of India, but also of the world. However, Gandhi’s critics claimed that he was not really opposed to racialism because he championed the cause of the Indian immigrants and did not fight for the Blacks of Africa. Gandhi was drawn into the politics of Natal due to the hostility of European politicians, officials, and merchants, combined with the helplessness of the Indian merchants and labourers. To stop the colonial regime from its headlong pursuit of racial discrimination, Gandhi sought the support of Indian political leaders and British statesmen. Gandhi’s efforts helped shaped the history of nationalism and black militancy in Africa.

Keywords: racialism; Indian immigrants; black militancy; Natal; Indian merchants; Indian labourers; racial discrimination; nationalism

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