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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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(p.189) Conclusion
Confluence of Thought

Bidyut Chakrabarty

Oxford University Press

This was study of the ideas of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. showing the confluence of thought despite being located in two different hemispheres. By their involvement in non-violent civil disobedience, not only did they refine the non-violent strategy, they also established the importance of non-violence as an effective mobilizing technique even in most adverse circumstances. The Conclusion also reaffirms the argument that both Gandhi and King held identical ideological responses presumably because of their intellectual genealogy supporting non-violent civil resistance. In two significant ways, they were similar in their approach to political mobilization: on the one hand, they were opposed to discrimination, based on artificially-created racial hierarchy on the basis of their comprehension of the Enlightenment tradition which was distorted by the privileged for partisan goals. In their struggle for the exploited, they, on the other hand, drew on what they had derived from their colleagues and those unknown figures who also fought against discrimination and inequality at the grassroots.

Keywords:   Non-violence, peaceful sit-ups, disinherited, dis-enfranchised, memorandum, prayer, petition, protest

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