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Emergence of Gandhi

B. R. Nanda

in The Nehrus

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693430
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081387 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693430.003.0014
Emergence of Gandhi

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This chapter discusses the arrival of M.K. Gandhi into the Indian political sphere. It first introduces Gandhi, who started out as a struggling Gujarati lawyer in the Bombay courts. It was only when he travelled to South Africa that he realized the poor living conditions of his countrymen, and soon developed into a successful lawyer and shrewd politician. The discussion then looks at Gandhi’s eight-year struggle against the South African Government, before studying the first years of his return to India. It then examines Gandhi’s Satyagraha technique, which aimed to introduce religion into politics, and the Rowlatt Bills, which further curtailed the civil liberties of the masses. It is followed by a section on the impact of the Rowlatt Bills, Gandhi’s appearance in politics, and its influence on the Nehru family.

Keywords: M.K. Gandhi; South African Government; Satyagraha technique; Rowlatt Bills; civil liberties

Chapter.  3815 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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