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The Eleven Vows of 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/9780195699999.003.0023
The Eleven Vows of Mahatma Gandhi

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This chapter examines Mahatma Gandhi's eleven vows, which contain the essence of his teaching in its relation to India and represent a trend in the writings of the world-intelligentsia, as well as the secret longings of a large number of inarticulate human beings. Gandhi's vows have something to do with ahimsa or non-violence; freedom from untouchability; body-labour; celibacy; non-stealing and non-possession; equal respect for all religions; and Satyagraha. From the point of view of the Hindus, the untouchability campaign led by Gandhi has introduced a new conception-Hinduism without a social hierarchy.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; eleven vows; celibacy; non-violence; untouchability; body-labour; religions; Satyagraha

Chapter.  4259 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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