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The Trio around Mahatma Gandhi

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/9780195699999.003.0007
The Trio around Mahatma Gandhi

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At Mahatma Gandhi's house, the author also met his wife, Kasturbai. She has been a child-wife, a wife, a mother, and the only woman Gandhi has loved in the flesh. Love and respect for her is unanimous throughout India. Aside from Gandhi's wife, his adopted daughter, and his secretary Mahadev Desai, another woman in the household was Miraben. She was an Englishwoman who has imbibed from Gandhi the essential spirit of religion. Those who know her intimately call her a Hindu of Hindus, but to those who look at Hinduism as a labyrinth of castes and believe that only birth can make one a Hindu, she is a stranger. As a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, Miraben did every chore, from milking the goats to cleaning the house, washing dishes, teaching, and writing.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; Kasturbai; Miraben; Mahadev Desai; Hinduism

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Subjects: Literature

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