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Gandhi and nationalism, the path to Indian independence, Simone Panter-Brick

Gandhi and nationalism, the path to Indian independence, Simone Panter-Brick
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Gandhi and nationalism
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Simone Panter-Brick
Series statement
Library of South Asian history and culture, v. 3
Sub title
the path to Indian independence
"Gandhi's nationalism seems simple and straightforward: he wanted an independent Indian nation state and freedom from British colonial rule. But in reality his nationalism rested on complex and sophisticated moral philosophy. His Indian state and nation were based on no shallow ethnic or religious communalism, despite his claim to be Hindu to his very core, but were grounded on his concept of swaraj - enlightened self-control and self-development leading to harmony and tolerance among all communities in the new India. He aimed at moral regeneration, not just the ending of colonial rule. Simone Panter-Brick's perceptive and original portrayal of Gandhi's nationalism analyses his spiritual and political programme. She follows his often tortuous path, as a principal spiritual and political leader of the Indian Congress, through his famous campaigns of non-violent resistance and negotiations with the Government of India leading to Independence and, sadly for Gandhi, the Partition in 1947. Gandhi's nationalism was, in Wm Roger Louis's phrase, 'larger than the struggle for independence'. He sought a tolerant and unified state that included all communities within a 'Mother India'. Panter-Brick's work will be essential reading for all scholars and students of Indian history and political ideas."--Bloomsbury publishing
Table Of Contents
Introduction. Gandhian nationalism in one song and three cartoons -- Part I. Nationalism and Indianity -- Swaraj, the objective -- The voice of India -- The defence of Indianity -- Part II. Nationalism and allegiance -- War and non-violence -- Volte-face -- Part III. Nationalism and rebellion -- The wait-and-see interlude -- Stooping to reconquer -- The demise of the pro-changers -- Part IV. Nationalism and partition -- The temptation of the one-party system -- Retaliation -- From Britain as empire to Britain as umpire -- The judgment of King Solomon -- Envoy. The two brothers
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