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GandhiPan-Islamism, Imperialism and Nationalism in India$
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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195658279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658279.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Prologue

B. R. Nanda

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The Prologue introduces Mahatma Gandhi and his ‘Passive Resistance’ technique, or the Satyagraha. It considers his doubts on the prospect of ending British rule in India and looks at the Hind Swaraj. Regarded as his confession of faith, the Hind Swaraj was described as rebellious and was banned by British officials. In it, Gandhi presented the need to harmonize the Indian people, especially between its two primary communities, the Hindus and the Muslims. Gandhi spent a lot of time thinking of ways to bridge the gap between these two communities. The changes in Gandhi’s religious views and the unwavering support of most of the Muslims, Hindus, and Parsis in Natal and Transvaal have also been noted in this chapter.

Keywords:   Mahatma Gandhi, ‘Passive Resistance’ technique, Satyagraha, British rule, Hind Swaraj, harmonize, Hindu–Muslim

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