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Gandhi's is an extraordinary and compelling story. Few individuals in history have made so great a mark upon their times. And yet Gandhi never held high political office, commanded no armies and was not even a compelling orator. His 'power' therefore makes a particularly fascinating subject for investigation. David Arnold explains how and why the shy student and affluent lawyer became one of the most powerful anti-colonial figures Western empires in Asia ever faced and why he aroused such intense affection, loyalty (and at times much bitter hatred) among Indians and Westerners alike. Attaching as much influence to the idea and image of Gandhi as to the man himself, Arnold sees Gandhi not just as a Hindu saint but as a colonial subject, whose attitudes and experiences expressed much that was common to countless others in India and elsewhere who sought to grapple with the overwhelming power and cultural authority of the West.
A vivid and highly readable introducation to Gandhi's life and times, Arnold's book opens up fascinating insights into one of the twentieth century's most remarkable men.
1. Introduction: The Idea of Gandhi.
2. A Diwan's Son.
3. South Africa and Self-Rule.
4. Peasant Power.
5. Power to the Nation.
6. 'Half-Naker Fakir'.
7. The Lone Satyagrahi: Gandhi, Religion and Society.
8. Gandhi in Old Age: Triumph or Nemesis?
Posted May 25, 2005
Posted November 29, 2003
Mr arnold wrote an exciting autobiography on Gandhi that wasnt boring like the others i have read So to the author..good job dude, and thank u for making my life easier by writing this book it really helped me alotWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.