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Abdul Ghaffar Khan: the ‘Frontier Gandhi’

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/9780195672039.003.0012
Abdul Ghaffar Khan: the ‘Frontier Gandhi’

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This chapter presents an essay on Mahatma Gandhi’s relation with Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan. It says that Khan was associated with the boldest experiment in non-violence as a tool of social and political action. It argues that his evolution into an outstanding practitioner of non-violence in the Indian subcontinent, next only to Gandhi, is a phenomenon that amazed his colleagues and baffled his opponents. It discusses the ‘happy accidents’ in Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s early years, which may have influenced his adherence to non-violent method for political and social change. It highlights Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s fight for freedom and equality in Pakistan.

Keywords: Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan; Mahatma Gandhi; non-violence; social action; political action; freedom; equality; Pakistan

Chapter.  7509 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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