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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195672039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195672039.001.0001

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Churchill's ‘Half-naked Faqir’

Churchill's ‘Half-naked Faqir’

(p.226) Twenty Five Churchill's ‘Half-naked Faqir’
In Search of Gandhi

B. R. Nanda

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an essay on the lifestyle of Mahatma Gandhi. It explains that during his 20s and 30s, Gandhi was torn between the desire to live up to the standard of an English-trained barrister, and the inner surge towards the reduction of wants that had been inspired by the ideal of aparigraha in the Bhagavad Gita. It suggests that the changes that Gandhi periodically introduced in his lifestyle were partly a response to his inner urge for austerity and that they also satisfied another urge in him, that is, to identify himself with ‘the least, lowliest and the lost’.

Keywords:   Mahatma Gandhi, lifestyle, English-trained barrister, aparigraha, Bhagavad Gita, austerity

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