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Confluence of ThoughtMohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.$
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Bidyut Chakrabarty

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199951215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199951215.001.0001

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The Intellectual Roots of Confluence of Thought

The Intellectual Roots of Confluence of Thought

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(p.28) Chapter 1 The Intellectual Roots of Confluence of Thought
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Confluence of Thought
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Bidyut Chakrabarty

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199951215.003.0002

The chapter demonstrates the intellectual sources from which Gandhi and King drew their inspiration; besides the external sources, both of them seem to have drawn more on the indigenous intellectual sources: for Gandhi, it was the Indian religious and other classical texts while King focused more on the New Testament. Furthermore, in formulating their political strategies, they depended a great deal on their colleagues who held similar ideological predisposition: The chapter thus argues that without their equally committed partners it would not have been possible for them to achieve what they sought to achieve. What was unique in their endeavour was a very creative blending of religion with non-violence which acted most effectively in non-violent civil disobedience against racial atrocities and colonial exploitation in the US and India respectively.

Keywords:   Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagwad Gita, Jim Crow Laws, Dixie States, Non-Violence, Civil Disobedience

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