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Gandhi and the West

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/9780195672039.003.0024
Gandhi and the West

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This chapter examines Mahatma Gandhi’s reputation in the West. It explains that from the 1910s to the interwar years, the prevalent image of Gandhi in Europe and America in the interwar years was largely that of an eccentric saint or a wily politician. It explains that this was not surprising because the news from India to the West was filtered through the British-owned Reuter news agency. Though Gandhi may still not have been accepted by the West, there were already scores of thinking men and women in Europe and America, who were earnestly exploring and experimenting with Gandhian alternatives to help mankind out of its predicament.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; reputation; West; Europe; America; eccentric saint; politician; Reuter; Gandhian alternatives

Chapter.  1490 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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