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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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Towards Understanding Gandhi

Towards Understanding Gandhi

(p.254) Twenty Nine Towards Understanding Gandhi
In Search of Gandhi

B. R. Nanda

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an essay on understanding Mahatma Gandhi. The West, particularly the British, was baffled by Gandhi’s ideas because they did not fit into neat categories. One of the principal barriers between Gandhi and his critics was his religious idiom. After his death, Gandhi seemed to have had a somewhat better prospect of being understood as some of the barriers to understanding that existed during his lifetime disappeared. It highlights Aldous Huxley’s comments that the record of Gandhi’s achievements was not irrelevant to the historical and psychological situation of the industrial West. It also notes Huxley’s prediction that ‘in the years ahead, it seems possible that Satyagraha may take root in the West’.

Keywords:   Mahatma Gandhi, British, religious idiom, Aldous Huxley, industrial West, Satyagraha

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