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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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Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.: Defying Liberals, but Deifying Liberalism

Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.: Defying Liberals, but Deifying Liberalism

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(p.70) Chapter 2 Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.: Defying Liberals, but Deifying Liberalism
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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/9780199951215.003.0003

Gandhi and King were true liberals. They questioned the contemporary interpretation of liberalism which, they thought, was articulated in a distorted form to defend racism and colonialism exploitation in the US and India respectively. In their political battle against such an ideological deviation, they simply applied the fundamental tenets of liberalism which remained their main plank. An attempt was made in the chapter to address ‘the distortions’ in contemporary articulation of certain major and also critical liberal values shaping the socio-political responses towards specific groups of people. Both Gandhi and King never came to terms with segregation which was contrary to the fundamental tenets of liberalism. Hence they believed that the difference among human beings were created and sustained artificially by reference to a deviant conceptualization of liberalism.

Keywords:   Social Justice, illiberalism, political reconciliation, American Dilemma, racial prejudices, colonial negativism

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