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The Mahatma in Retirement

B. R. Nanda

in In Gandhi’s Footsteps

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195663433
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081424 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663433.003.0011
The Mahatma in Retirement

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This chapter discusses Gandhi’s retirement from politics in the mid-1920s. It begins with a section on the role of the press in provoking the animosity between the Hindu and Muslim communities. It then describes the programme Gandhi had in mind, which was composed of the removal of untouchability and the promotion of the upliftment of women, ‘national’ education, khadi, and Hindu–Muslim unity. It discusses that although Gandhi could not fully detach himself from the political sphere, he busied himself with the affairs of the Sabarmati Ashram. It shows that Gandhi emphasized most on the everyday conduct of the inmates in the way the Ashram was run. Gandhi’s retirement from active politics also caused his foreign admirers to invite him to visit their respective countries.

Keywords: Gandhi’s retirement; Hindu–Muslim conflict; Hindu–Muslim unity; untouchability; upliftment of women; national education; khadi; Sabarmati Ashram; Gandhi; foreign admirers

Chapter.  4935 words.  Illustrated.

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