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Hinduism in the Melting-pot

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/9780195699999.003.0020
Hinduism in the Melting-pot

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In this chapter, the author finds it necessary to examine the older forces at work in India, particularly in the case of the Hindus compared to the Muslims or the English. She considers those forces which have had a formative influence upon Mahatma Gandhi, in order to take a balanced view of India in general, and of modern Hindu society in particular. She views Hinduism as a major amorphous force with infinite tentacles affecting every form of life with which it comes into contact. An English liberal and radical, Allan Octavian Hume, formed the Indian National Congress. These forces resulted in an open struggle between the Congress, lead by Mahatma Gandhi, and Great Britain.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; modern Hindu society; Allan Octavian Hume; Indian National Congress; Great Britain

Chapter.  2357 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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