Gandhi against Racialism

B. R. Nanda

in In Search of Gandhi

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195672039
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081417 | DOI:
Gandhi against Racialism

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This essay presented in this chapter analyses Mahatma Gandhi’s engagement with racialism. It explores the contents of the book The South African Gandhi, a massive volume edited by Fatima Meer. The essay discusses the criticism that Gandhi was faced with which claimed that he was not free from racial prejudice. Some people believed that it was not racial prejudice, but political realism that guided Gandhi in limiting his agenda to the eradication of the disabilities of his countrymen in South Africa. The essay also highlights F.W. de Klerk’s argument that satyagraha or non-violent resistance was Gandhi’s greatest contribution to global politics for bringing about social change.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; racialism; The South African Gandhi; Fatima Meer; racial prejudice; political realism; F.W. de Klerk; satyagraha; global politics; social change

Chapter.  2702 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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