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Gandhi and the Capitalists

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/9780195672039.003.0013
Gandhi and the Capitalists

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This chapter presents an essay on Mahatma Gandhi’s engagement with the capitalists in India. Gandhi’s civil disobedience campaigns were criticized for being a means of sabotaging revolutionary movements. The Indian National Congress under his leadership shied away from violence as it did not wish to overthrow foreign rule. Gandhi was accused of working for a compromise in the interests of the Indian bourgeoisie. Gandhi had no patronage to dispense in the framework of the imperial rule until 1947. Though Indian industrialists gained from the nationalist pressure against foreign capitalists and financial interests in India, this was an inevitable by-product of the nationalist movement.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; Indian capitalists; civil disobedience campaign; sabotage; revolutionary movements; Indian National Congress; foreign rule; Indian bourgeoisie; imperial rule

Chapter.  5962 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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