Gandhi: A Political and Spiritual Life [NOOK Book]

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Throughout his long and turbulent career as a political leader, first in South Africa and then in India, Gandhi sought to fulfil his religious aspirations through politics and to reconcile politics with personal religious conviction. But Gandhi’s religion was wildly divergent from anything to have taken root in his native India. Foremost among his private tenets was the belief that he was a world saviour, long prophesied and potentially divine....
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Gandhi: A Political and Spiritual Life

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Overview

Throughout his long and turbulent career as a political leader, first in South Africa and then in India, Gandhi sought to fulfil his religious aspirations through politics and to reconcile politics with personal religious conviction. But Gandhi’s religion was wildly divergent from anything to have taken root in his native India. Foremost among his private tenets was the belief that he was a world saviour, long prophesied and potentially divine.

Penetrating and provocative, Kathryn Tidrick’s book draws on neglected material to explore the paradoxes within Gandhi’s life and personality. She reveals a man whose spiritual ideas originated not in India, but in the drawing rooms of late-Victorian England, and which included some very eccentric and damaging notions about sex. The resulting portrait is complex, convincing and, to anyone interested in the legacy of colonialism, more enlightening than any previously published. 

The Gandhi revealed here is not the secular saint of popular renown, but a difficult and self-obsessed man driven by a messianic sense of personal destiny. 


From the Trade Paperback edition.
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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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"This is a book primarily about Gandhi’s ideas, where they came from and how he put them to work in his own life and in the Indian nationalist movement. Its novelty lies in the great attention which is paid to the late Victorian experiment with new ideas - for instance, vegetarianism, theosophy and non-violence – which, with Gandhi’s own distinctive understanding of Hinduism as a faith of social action, went to give his life and his politics such a remarkable form."--Francis Robinson, Professor of the History of South Asia, Royal Holloway, University of London

"Shows considerable knowledge and understanding of the political and social context of Gandhi's evolving thought. The portrait of Gandhi is a broadly sympathetic one, but it is certainly not uncritical, bringing out some of the contradictions in his stance on non-violence and communal relations, criticising his treatment of his wife and exposing some of his bizarre attitudes to sex."--David Omissi, Senior Lecturer in Imperial History, University of Hull

"A fine and engaging biography of Mahatma Gandhi. His ideas remain very relevant in understanding the problems that plague the contemporary world, for example what has gone wrong in the British interpretation of multiculturalism."--Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize-winner and Lamont University Professor at Harvard University

“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.” –The Tablet

"Brilliant." - William Dalrymple, The Sunday Times

'Very different and almost as good [as Alex von Tunzelmann's Indian Summer] was Kathryn Tidrick's iconoclastic Gandhi: a Political and Spiritual Life, in which she locates the roots of the Mahatma's thought in the lunatic spiritualist fringe of late-Victorian England.' William Dalrymple, Books of the Year, New Statesman

''… this well-written biography ...follows chronological ground but is well told…Tidrick does well in pointing out that for Gandhi the spiritual and political means were interdependent and could not be separated…''-- Rene Wadlow, www.transnational-perspectives.org

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781682395
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 341,910
  • File size: 4 MB

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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