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Mahatma Gandhi and India

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/9780195699999.003.0021
Mahatma Gandhi and India

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To understand how the forces influenced Mahatma Gandhi, the formative processes of his life must be examined. The first stage of this process is Mahatma Gandhi's childhood. His father, Kaba Gandhi, was both prime minister at Porbandar and a member of the Rajasthanik Court (now extinct). The second stage of the process was in England, where Gandhi first began to weigh and question certain things he had so far taken for granted, focusing in particular on diet and religion. The third stage in the formative process of Mahatma Gandhi's life is in South Africa, where he changed from a conformist to a non-conformist whose mission is to alter the society to which he belonged. The fourth and the last stage of the process began in India, where politically Mahatma Gandhi accepted Gokhale's guidance and became convinced that the British Empire existed for the good of the world.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; Kaba Gandhi; England; South Africa; Gokhale; British Empire

Chapter.  6536 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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