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Is Gandhi Still Relevant?

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in Talking Politics

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071549
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081349 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071549.003.0004
Is Gandhi Still Relevant?

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This chapter focuses on Parekh’s views on Mahatma Gandhi—from his efforts to counter the melancholia and pessimism of the Indians during the British rule to some of his lasting insights. An advocate of intercultural dialogue and the most influential anti-colonial activist and political thinker during the twentieth-century, says Parekh, Gandhi was probably the only political leader during the British rule of India who could communicate to both the Indian elites and the masses. Gandhi’s connections to the Khilafat Movement, as well as the criticisms he received from modernist Muslims for his support of the movement, are discussed. It then studies Gandhi’s views on modernity and how he distinguishes spirituality and morality. Finally, the chapter considers if Gandhi can still be considered as relevant in modern times.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; British rule; intercultural dialogue; anti-colonial activist; Khilafat Movement; modernity; spirituality; morality

Chapter.  6277 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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