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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195633634

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195633634.001.0001

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The Fight Against Racialism

The Fight Against Racialism

(p.27) Chapter 5 The Fight Against Racialism
Gandhi and his Critics

B. R. Nanda

Oxford University Press

Mahatma Gandhi stayed in South Africa from 1893 to 1914, during which he developed ideas and methods that would profoundly affect the history not only of India, but also of the world. However, Gandhi’s critics claimed that he was not really opposed to racialism because he championed the cause of the Indian immigrants and did not fight for the Blacks of Africa. Gandhi was drawn into the politics of Natal due to the hostility of European politicians, officials, and merchants, combined with the helplessness of the Indian merchants and labourers. To stop the colonial regime from its headlong pursuit of racial discrimination, Gandhi sought the support of Indian political leaders and British statesmen. Gandhi’s efforts helped shaped the history of nationalism and black militancy in Africa.

Keywords:   racialism, Indian immigrants, black militancy, Natal, Indian merchants, Indian labourers, racial discrimination, nationalism

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