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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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In the Gandhian Mould

In the Gandhian Mould

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In Gandhi’s Footsteps

B. R. Nanda

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Jamnalal’s stay near the Sabarmati Ashram with his family. This visit coincided with Gandhi’s confinement in the Ashram in 1926. It examines Jamnalal’s obsession with the transience of life and wealth, which led him towards religion instead of the practice of making money. It then discusses the vow of brahmacharya, or sexual abstinence, the most difficult vow advocated by Gandhi in the Sabarmati Ashram. It also narrates the problems Jamnalal and his family experienced while adjusting to life in the Ashram, and the marriage of Kamala, Jamnalal’s eldest daughter. The chapter considers the issues that arose whenever Gandhi fasted—some even believed that it was a form of emotional blackmail—and Jamnalal’s interests in social reform and the disturbing trends in Marwari society.

Keywords:   confinement, Sabarmati Ashram, brahmacharya, sexual abstinence, child marriage, fasting, emotional blackmail, social reform

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