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In the Gandhian Mould

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/9780195663433.003.0012
In the Gandhian Mould

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This chapter discusses Jamnalal’s stay near the Sabarmati Ashram with his family. This visit coincided with Gandhi’s confinement in the Ashram in 1926. It examines Jamnalal’s obsession with the transience of life and wealth, which led him towards religion instead of the practice of making money. It then discusses the vow of brahmacharya, or sexual abstinence, the most difficult vow advocated by Gandhi in the Sabarmati Ashram. It also narrates the problems Jamnalal and his family experienced while adjusting to life in the Ashram, and the marriage of Kamala, Jamnalal’s eldest daughter. The chapter considers the issues that arose whenever Gandhi fasted—some even believed that it was a form of emotional blackmail—and Jamnalal’s interests in social reform and the disturbing trends in Marwari society.

Keywords: confinement; Sabarmati Ashram; brahmacharya; sexual abstinence; child marriage; fasting; emotional blackmail; social reform

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