Encounters with Death

B. R. Nanda

in In Search of Gandhi

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195672039
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081417 | DOI:
Encounters with Death

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This chapter presents an essay on Mahatma Gandhi’s encounters with death during his fight for Indian rights in South Africa. It recalls when Gandhi arrived in Durban in January 1897, he was attacked by a mob of white settlers. Gandhi refused to file charges against the perpetrators of the attack and his voluntary surrender of his right to seek redress against his assailants was a remarkable gesture. He did not indulge in self-pity or heroics, but was able to turn the incident to good account in his political battle against racial discrimination against Indians in South Africa.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; Indian rights; South Africa; Durban; attack by white settlers; self-pity; heroics; racial discrimination

Chapter.  3385 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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