Chapter

‘I Have Become a Villager’

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/9780195672039.003.0022
‘I Have Become a Villager’

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This chapter presents an essay on Mahatma Gandhi’s life as a villager. It explains that after Gandhi was released from prison, he dissolved the ashram, a promise he had made before setting out on the Dandi March in March 1930. It suggests that Gandhi decided to stay in the village in order to bridge the hiatus between the villagers and ‘us’, and to help his co-workers overcome the fears and suspicions of the villagers by gently insinuating themselves into their affections. It mentions the resistance from the urban educated classes to essential reforms that would raise the masses from the depth of poverty.

Keywords: Gandhi as villager; ashram; Dandi March; urban educated classes; reforms; masses; poverty

Chapter.  4466 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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