The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi
"The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi is an explosive and original analysis of the assassination of the ‘Father of the Nation’. Who is responsible for the Mahatma’s death? Just one determined zealot, the larger ideology that supported him, the Congress-led Government that failed to protect him, or a vast majority of Indians and their descendants who considered Gandhi irrelevant, and endorsed violence instead? Paranjape’s meticulous study culminates in his reading of Gandhi’s last six months in Delhi where, from the very edge of the grave, he wrought what was perhaps his greatest miracle – the saving of Delhi and thus of India itself from the internecine bloodshed of Partition. Paranjape, taking a cue from the Mahatma himself, also shows us a way to expiate our guilt and to heal the wounds of an ancient civilization torn into two. This is a brilliant, far-reaching and profound exploration of the meaning of the Mahatma’s death."
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Who killed Gandhi?
The unbearability of patricide
Oedipus in India
Gandhi and AntiOedipus
Arrival in Delhi
An old formula in the capital of new India
The final yajna
Gandhi at an RSS rally
The unbearable modernity of patricide
The Mahatmas endgame
The life and afterlife of the Mahatma
Remembering the Mahatma
Softer than a flower and harder than a stone?
The art of dying
From repression to redemption? Epilogue
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