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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 Coming of the Mahatma

The Coming of the Mahatma

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In Gandhi’s Footsteps

B. R. Nanda

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Jamnalal’s search for a guide or a guru, which was partly due to the deaths of his grandparents, parents, and two older brothers during his youth. These events made him realize the precariousness of human life as discussed in Hindu devotional literature. The discussion then shifts to Gandhi’s return to India and his subsequent decision not to participate in Indian politics. It was this decision that drew Jamnalal to Gandhi, which shows that Jamnalal was apolitical. From here the chapter looks at the start of Jamnalal’s devotion to Gandhi, which included his visits to the Sabarmati Ashram where Gandhi lived. The chapter ends with a description of the two campaigns for the remedy of agrarian grievances that Gandhi attended to, as well as the division of Indian National Congress.

Keywords:   Gandhi’s return, Indian politics, Jamnalal as apolitical, Sabarmati Ashram, agrarian grievances, division of Indian National Congress

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