Gandhi: A Political and Spiritual Life

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A major reinterpretation of Gandhi’s life, politics, religion and nation

Throughout his long and turbulent career as an Indian leader, first in South Africa and then in India, Gandhi sought to fulfill his religious aspirations through politics, and to reconcile politics with his private religious discipline. The Gandhi revealed here is not the secular saint of popular renown, but a difficult and self-obsessed man driven by a sense of unique ...

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Overview

A major reinterpretation of Gandhi’s life, politics, religion and nation

Throughout his long and turbulent career as an Indian leader, first in South Africa and then in India, Gandhi sought to fulfill his religious aspirations through politics, and to reconcile politics with his private religious discipline. The Gandhi revealed here is not the secular saint of popular renown, but a difficult and self-obsessed man driven by a sense of unique personal destiny.

Penetrating and provocative, Tidrick draws on material previously ignored by Gandhi's biographers and explores the paradoxes within his life and beliefs. Did the nationalist leader truly believe that he was not just fighting for Indian independence but also global enlightenment? Gandhi never admitted his early influences and experiences, but how important were the more esoteric ideas he first encountered in the West?

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Editorial Reviews

Sunday Times
Brilliant.

— William Dalrymple

Indian Express
Fair and balanced.

— Atul Chaturvedi

Tablet
“Exhaustively researched ... Gandhi emerges from Tidrick’s detailed and balanced biography as a man with his full share of flaws, contradictions and oddities, but with more than a streak of genuine holiness.”
Amartya Sen
“A fine and engaging biography ... His ideas remain very relevant in understanding the problems that plague the contemporary world.”
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"A fine and engaging biography ... His ideas remain very relevant in understanding the problems that plague the contemporary world."—Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize winner

"Brilliant."—William Dalrymple, Sunday Times

"Fair and balanced."—Atul Chaturvedi, Indian Express

"Exhaustively researched ... Gandhi emerges from Tidrick’s detailed and balanced biography as a man with his full share of flaws, contradictions and oddities, but with more than a streak of genuine holiness."—Tablet

"An extraordinarily careful, calm and courageous work. Any serious student of this historical figure would have more to learn about his outlook from her work than from any other extant study of him."—Perry Anderson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781681015
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,398,443
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Tidrick is the author of the highly regarded Heart Beguiling Araby: The English Romance with Arabia and Empire and the English Character.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
Acknowledgements     viii
Prologue     xi
Kathiawar and London     1
South Africa: Beginnings     23
South Africa: Satyagraha     53
Return to India     104
The Battle Joined     135
In the Wings     183
Salt     216
The Solitary Path     247
Gotterdammerung     285
Glossary     325
A Note on Sources     328
Notes     331
Index     368
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