Indian Critiques of Gandhi

Indian Critiques of Gandhi

by Harold Coward

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Although Gandhi has been the subject of hundreds of books and an Oscar-winning film, there has been no sustained study of his engagement with major figures in the Indian Independence Movement who were often his critics from 1920-1948. This book fills that gap by examining the strengths and weaknesses of Gandhi's contribution to India as evidenced in the letters, speeches, and newspaper articles focused on the dialogue/debate between Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Annie Besant, and C. F. Andrews. The book also covers key groups within India that Gandhi sought to incorporate into his Independence Movement-the Hindu Right, Muslims, Christians, and Sikhs-and analyzes Gandhi's ambiguous stance regarding the Hindi-Urdu question and its impact on the Independence struggle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791485880
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Harold Coward is Emeritus Professor of History and Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. He is the author or editor of many books, including most recently Yoga and Psychology: Language, Memory, and Mysticism, also published by SUNY Press.

Table of Contents

Part I.Critiques of Gandhi by Individuals
1.The Convergence of Distinct Worlds: Nehru and Gandhi19
2.Gandhi, Ambedkar, and Untouchability41
3.Of Many Mahatmas: Besant, Gandhi, and Indian Nationalism67
4.Sri Aurobindo's Dismissal of Gandhi and His Nonviolence87
5.Tagore and Gandhi107
Part II.Critiques of Gandhi by Groups
6.The Hindu Mahasabha and Gandhi131
7.Gandhi and the Christian Community153
8.The Mahatma and the Sikhs171
9.Indian Muslim Critiques of Gandhi193
10.Gandhi and the Hindi-Urdu Question217
Conclusion: A Debate for Our Times239
AppendixChronology of Gandhi, His Critics, and the Independence Movement259

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