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Gandhi as a Trade Union Leader

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/9780195672039.003.0020
Gandhi as a Trade Union Leader

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This chapter presents an essay on the life of Mahatma Gandhi as a trade union leader. Before Gandhi stepped onto the centrestage of Indian politics, he led a labour strike at Ahmedabad in the spring of 1918, during the First World War. Though the strike attracted little attention, it had significant long-term results and implications as an experiment in the application of Gandhian ideas to industrial relations. This chapter traces the sequence of events immediately before and after the strike and attempts to place them in a historical perspective.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; trade union leader; Indian politics; labour strike; Ahmedabad; First World War; Gandhian ideas; industrial relations

Chapter.  2209 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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