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Mahadev Desai

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/9780195672039.003.0014
Mahadev Desai

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This essay explores the allegations that Mahatma Gandhi’s secretary, Mahadev Desai, was an informer of the British Empire. It provides evidence to prove that Desai’s correspondence with Viceroy Lord Linlithgow and Amery, and the Secretary of State for India during the early years of the Second World War was not an act of betrayal. It argues that from the day he joined the Mahatma in 1917 until his death in 1942, he was his eyes, ears, and authentic voice.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; Mahadev Desai; informer; British Empire; correspondence; Viceroy Lord Linlithgow; Amery; Secretary of State for India; Second World War

Chapter.  2258 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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