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In the Footsteps of Gandhi

Mushirul Hasan

in Between Modernity and Nationalism

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780198063322
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080502 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063322.003.0008
In the Footsteps of Gandhi

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This chapter focuses on Halide’s admiration for Mahatma Gandhi. As Gandhi’s best interpreter in Turkey, Halide wanted to study his ideas seriously, for he offered one of the ways for the West to cooperate with a free, strong, moral, and peaceful East. Using a multilayered approach that crosses the boundaries of more than one discipline, Halide discussed Gandhi for two reasons. First, his activities were in certain ways a continuation, and in others a turning point in Hinduism. Secondly, they embraced politics as well as other moral and ethical dilemmas and predicaments of the modern world. Inspired by what she learnt, Halide, hitherto largely untutored in the intricacies of Indian politics and society, comprehended Gandhi’s vision, soft, gentle, and yet clear in outline and purpose.

Keywords: Halide Edip; Mahatma Gandhi; Hinduism; Indian politics; Indian society; Gandhi’s vision

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