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Gandhi and his Critics

B. R. Nanda


Mahatma Gandhi had been enmeshed in controversies ever since he plunged into the racial politics of Natal until he was assassinated fifty-four years later. He had to contend with the suspicious eyes of the British, and also with discontent within the Congress Party. He infuriated orthodox Hindus for denouncing caste exclusiveness and untouchability and for advocating secular politics. He narrowly escaped a bomb attack in Poona in 1934, but fell victim to the bullets of a Poona Brahmin who accused him of betraying the Hindu cause fourteen years later. Curiously enough, for years protagonists of ... More

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi, India, racialism, South Africa, India’s caste system, Amritsar massacre, Partition, non-violence, British empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780195633634
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195633634.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

B. R. Nanda, author
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi