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Introductory

Halidé Edib

in Inside India

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699999
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080540 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699999.003.0002
Introductory

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In this chapter, the author recalls her first encounter with India and the time she spent with Dr M.A. Ansari (1880–1936) in Daryaganj, Delhi. She met Indians for the first time in 1909, when she was on a ship going from Port Said to London. In 1912, she saw Indians at closer range in the wake of the Balkan Wars, during which the Indian Red Crescent were in the forefront of Istanbul Society. Six years later, the Indian regiments of the occupying forces marched on the streets of Istanbul. From 1919 onwards, India was trying to help Turkey by launching the Khilafat movement. Above these blurred scenes of disorder and misery, the figure of Mahatma Gandhi gradually rose.

Keywords: encounter with India; Turkey; Indian Red Crescent; Khilafat movement; Mahatma Gandhi; Balkan Wars; Istanbul Society; M.A. Ansari

Chapter.  3239 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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