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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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Gandhi on the Periphery of Politics

Gandhi on the Periphery of Politics

(p.146) Chapter 9 Gandhi on the Periphery of Politics

B. R. Nanda

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This chapter discusses Gandhi’s return to India and his exclusion from the political stage. Gandhi led the Indian immigrants in South Africa in their fight against racial discrimination. The chapter briefly describes his stay in South Africa before adapting to the Indian public life, even though being hailed a hero from South Africa. It notes that despite the drama that unfolded on the Indian political stage, Gandhi remained on the sidelines. His first disagreement with the government since his return occurred in April 1917 when he was asked to address the grievances of the indigo cultivators. His relationship with the government became strained just as he was moving away from conventional politics. The chapter determines that it was his South African experience that led to his separation from Indian politicians and parties.

Keywords:   Mahatma Gandhi, South Africa, India, Indian immigrants, racial discrimination, political stage, indigo cultivators

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