Gandhi's Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi

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Oxford University Press, USA, Nov 28, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 308 pages
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Mahatma Gandhi, through his indomitable will and selfless determination transformed himself into a model of courage and integrity for India's people to emulate in their non-violent struggle for political power. More than half a century after his death, Gandhi continues to inspire millionsthroughout the world. Yet modern India seems to have abandoned much of his non-violent vision, joining the nuclear arms race. Inspired by recent events in India, Stanley Wolpert offers this subtle and profound biography of India's 'Great Soul'.Wolpert compellingly chronicles the life of Mahatma Gandhi from his early days as a child of privilege to his humble rise to power and his assassination at the hands of a man of his own faith. This trajectory, like that of Christ, was the result of Gandhi's passion: his conscious courting ofsuffering as the means of reaching divine truth. From his early campaigns to end discrimination in South Africa to his leadership of a people's revolution to end the British imperial domination of India, Gandhi emerges as a man of inner conflicts conquered by his political genius and moral vision.Early influenced by nonviolent teachings in Hinduism, Christianity, and Buddhism, he came to insist on the primacy of love for one's adversary in any conflict as the invincible power for change. He fearlessly courted suffering and imprisonment in pursuit of his moral vision. The sweet reasonablenessof his 'Great Soul', combined with the steel of his unyielding opposition to intolerance and oppression, would inspire India like no leader since the Buddha - creating a legacy that would encourage Martin Luther King, Jr, Nelson Mandela, and other global leaders to demand a better world throughpeaceful civil disobedience. Gandhi's Passion is a remarkable tribute by a historian at the height of his narrative and analytical powers. Wolpert boldly considers Gandhi the man, rather than the living god depicted by his disciples. He thus provides an unprecedented representation of Gandhi's passionate personality and theprofound complexities that compelled his actions and brought freedom to India.
 

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GANDHI'S PASSION: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi

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A dense, comprehensive survey of the events in Gandhi's life, tracing his metamorphosis from pampered child of privilege to "great soul." Galvanized by India's recent embrace of nuclear weaponry, so ... Read full review

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This was a dense, slow but very informative read. Some people don't like these sort of books but I enjoy to have one that takes some time to get through and that is exactly what this was. Wolpert was ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Midnight in Calcutta
7
Dawn in Gujarat
13
The Impact of Victorian London
20
Brief Interlude at Home
28
Early Traumas and Triumphs in South Africa
34
Between Two Worlds
42
Satyagraha in South Africa
50
Imprisoned Soul of India
165
Return to Rural Uplift Work
174
Prelude to War and Partition
182
War and Peaceful Resistance
191
War behind Bars
205
No Peace
213
Walking Alone
224
Freedoms Wooden Loaf
237

Victory through Suffering
67
The Impact of World War I
82
Postwar Carnage and Nationwide Satyagraha
99
Cotton Spinning
115
Rising of the Poison
127
The Road Back to Satyagraha
135
The Salt March and Prison Aftermath
144
From Prison to London and Back 152
156
Great Souls Death in Delhi
243
His Indian Legacy
257
His Global Legacy
264
Notes
269
Select Bibliography
299
Index
303
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Stanley Wolpert is Distinguished Professor of South Asian History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published twenty books on South Asia, including Nehru: A Tryst with Destiny, A New History of India, and Jinnah of Pakistan. He lives in Los Angeles.

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