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Gandhi and Pan-Islamism

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/9780195672039.003.0011
Gandhi and Pan-Islamism

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This chapter talks of Mahatma Gandhi’s support for Pan-Islamism. It suggests that no decision made by Gandhi in the course of his long political career, extending over more than fifty years, has come in for sharper criticism than his support of the Khilafat or the Pan-Islamist movement in the early 1920s. This essay highlights nationalist historians’ criticisms on Gandhi’s gross misjudgement in taking up a purely religious grievance of the Indian Muslims, thus introducing religion into politics. It also discusses the Congress–League Pact and the argument that until 1919, there was no Muslim leadership that could be definitely identified as representing the common Indian interests.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; Pan-Islamism; political career; Khilafat; nationalist historians; Indian Muslims; religion; politics; Congress–League Pact

Chapter.  9343 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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