An American in Gandhi's India: The Biography of Satyanand Stokes

An American in Gandhi's India: The Biography of Satyanand Stokes

by Asha Sharma
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253351588

ISBN-13: 9780253351586

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Samuel Evans Stokes, Jr., a son of a prominent Philadelphia family, was a 21-year-old Quaker missionary when he arrived in India in 1904 to work in a home for lepers. He soon became disillusioned with the foreign missionary community and began a new spiritual quest, adopting Indian dress, forgoing the privileges of a Westerner in colonial India, and founding a

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Samuel Evans Stokes, Jr., a son of a prominent Philadelphia family, was a 21-year-old Quaker missionary when he arrived in India in 1904 to work in a home for lepers. He soon became disillusioned with the foreign missionary community and began a new spiritual quest, adopting Indian dress, forgoing the privileges of a Westerner in colonial India, and founding a mendicant religious brotherhood. Later in life he married a Rajput Christian girl, converted to Hinduism, and adopted a new name. Stokes became a leader in Gandhi's independence movement in the 1920s, and was the only American jailed by the British for this cause. He is most often remembered in India, however, as the man who introduced American Delicious apples to the Himalayas. An American in Gandhi's India draws on oral history and interviews as well as Stokes's books, journals, and letters. Sharma's fascinating account offers a rare glimpse into a century of interaction between India and the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253351586
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Preface
Note on This Edition

Prologue
1. A Journey of No Return
2. The Quest Begins
3. The Ascetic
4. Visit Home
5. The Brotherhood in India
6. Alternate Path
7. An Inner Struggle
8. Home at Last—A Family Man
9. War on Two Fronts
10. For the Rights of Men—Begar
11. Joining the Freedom Struggle
12. The Fight Continues
13. In Khadi
14. Following the National Trail
15. Arrest and Trial
16. Guest of the British Empire
17. Debates with Gandhi: Test of Friendship
18. Johnny Appleseed of the Himalayas
19. A School in My Garden
20. Came to Teach and Stayed to Learn
21. Satyakamvadi
22. The Burdens Increase
23. Marketing the Fruits of Labor
24. World War II and After
25. The Vedantist
26. Eventide
Epilogue

Acknowledgments
Appendix 1. Stokes' Written Statement
Appendix 2. Verses Written in Jail
Appendix 3. Folk Song Composed on the Occasion of Stokes' Marriage
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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