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Swaraj Within a Year

B. R. Nanda

in Gandhi

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195658279
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081394 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658279.003.0013
Swaraj Within a Year

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This chapter takes a look at Gandhi’s claim that Swaraj could be achieved within a year, provided that his programme gained sufficient responses. It first examines the main argument that was made against the non-cooperation movement, that is, challenge the respect for law and the foundation of the State and society. It then discusses the start of the non-cooperation movement in 1920, which was focused on self-sacrifice. It further studies Gandhi’s promotion of khadi and boycott of foreign cloth. It also looks at the agrarian discontent that marked the post-war years, the risks involved in Gandhi’s campaign against foreign rule, the outbreaks of violence that occurred despite Gandhi’s warnings, and the difficulty in keeping the non-cooperation movement within the discipline of satyagraha.

Keywords: Swaraj; non-cooperation movement; self-sacrifice; promoting khadi; boycotting foreign cloth; agrarian discontent; foreign rule; outbreaks of violence; satyagraha

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