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Gandhi's Gita and Politics as Such

Chakrabarty, Dipesh; Majumdar, Rochona


M. K. Gandhi's "Discourses on the Gita," a series of talks delivered to ashramites at Sabarmati during 1926 and 1927, provides a singular instance in Indian intellectual thought in which the Bhagavad Gita's message of action is transformed into a theory of non-violent resistance. This essay argues that Gandhi's reading of the Gita has to be placed within an identifiable general understanding of the political that emerged among the so-called "extremists' in the Congress towards the beginning of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Modern Intellectual History
DOI: 10.1017/S1479244310000107


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