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The Great Indian Way: A Life of Mahatma Gandhi

Raja Rao (Author)
Synopsis "Without Gandhi," wrote Raja Rao once, "there can be no world of tomorrow." Now at the dawn of a new millennium, and Gandhi internationally acknowledged as a most influential figure of the twentieth century, the Great Indian Way offers fresh, important perspectives on his life - and Gandhism. The book focuses especially on Gandhi’s South African days. The birth of Gandhism, Raja Rao holds, lay in the confrontation between the Briton, the Boer and the Indian "coolie". Gandhism was tested and fashioned in many a struggle in the "dark continent": the most cataclysmic of all, perhaps, the mass strike by Indian coal miners in Newcastle against the move to hold Indian marriages invalid. Thus was born the truth-warrior - and satyagraha and non-violent resistance forged - in a pilgrimage processional almost, the great march by more than two thousand Indian men, women and children from Newcastle to the Transvaal frontier. Gandhism touched the very nerve centre of the British Empire and within fifty years catalysed the political transformation of India and the world. In South Africa too it was that Gandhi sought the right way to live and experimented with all that he later practised both in his public and private life. By the time Gandhi left South Africa for India in 1914, the manifesto for India’s freedom was already well scripted. In India, it unfolded on a much grander scale. Raja Rao weaves together the whole chronicle in epic dimensions - in vigorous, rhythmic, moving cadences, uncovering hidden meaning in an aside here, a parable there unfolding the Mahatma’s life and the meaning of Gandhism on a vast canvas.
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Bibliographic information

Title The Great Indian Way: A Life of Mahatma Gandhi
Author Raja Rao
Format Softcover
Date published: 02.09.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170945682
length 480p.
Subjects Biography