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Gandhi's Identity Crisis

B. R. Nanda

in In Search of Gandhi

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195672039
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081417 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195672039.003.0006
Gandhi's Identity Crisis

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This essay presents the identity crisis experienced by Mahatma Gandhi. While studying in England, Gandhi decided to assume a thick veneer of English culture. He wore suits made by the most fashionable tailors in London, adorned his watch with a gold chain from India, and took lessons in elocution, dancing, and music. This chapter argues that Gandhi later realized his religious and cultural identity because of Shrimad Rajchandra and his study of the Hindu scriptures. It also contends that if Gandhi had not gone to South Africa, he would in all likelihood have undergone an identity crisis on the question of Westernizing or modernizing his mode of life.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; identity crisis; England; India; religious identity; cultural identity; Shrimad Rajchandra; South Africa; Hindu scriptures

Chapter.  5520 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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