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Towards Understanding Gandhi

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/9780195672039.003.0029
Towards Understanding Gandhi

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This chapter presents an essay on understanding Mahatma Gandhi. The West, particularly the British, was baffled by Gandhi’s ideas because they did not fit into neat categories. One of the principal barriers between Gandhi and his critics was his religious idiom. After his death, Gandhi seemed to have had a somewhat better prospect of being understood as some of the barriers to understanding that existed during his lifetime disappeared. It highlights Aldous Huxley’s comments that the record of Gandhi’s achievements was not irrelevant to the historical and psychological situation of the industrial West. It also notes Huxley’s prediction that ‘in the years ahead, it seems possible that Satyagraha may take root in the West’.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; British; religious idiom; Aldous Huxley; industrial West; Satyagraha

Chapter.  3563 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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