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In Gandhi’s FootstepsThe Life and Times of Jamnalal Bajaj$
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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195663433

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663433.001.0001

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The Mahatma in Retirement

The Mahatma in Retirement

(p.121) 11 The Mahatma in Retirement
In Gandhi’s Footsteps

B. R. Nanda

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Gandhi’s retirement from politics in the mid-1920s. It begins with a section on the role of the press in provoking the animosity between the Hindu and Muslim communities. It then describes the programme Gandhi had in mind, which was composed of the removal of untouchability and the promotion of the upliftment of women, ‘national’ education, khadi, and Hindu–Muslim unity. It discusses that although Gandhi could not fully detach himself from the political sphere, he busied himself with the affairs of the Sabarmati Ashram. It shows that Gandhi emphasized most on the everyday conduct of the inmates in the way the Ashram was run. Gandhi’s retirement from active politics also caused his foreign admirers to invite him to visit their respective countries.

Keywords:   Gandhi’s retirement, Hindu–Muslim conflict, Hindu–Muslim unity, untouchability, upliftment of women, national education, khadi, Sabarmati Ashram, Gandhi, foreign admirers

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