n Historia - The Cambridge Companion to Gandhi, Judith M. Brown and Anthony Parel (Eds.) : book review

Volume 57, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



Gandhi was an indifferent father; an authoritarian husband; and a demanding and eccentric friend. He was politically and socially conservative and saw no inherent virtue in the idea of the independent woman or emancipated untouchable. His reading of religion, as of political theory, was idiosyncratic and his pronouncements apodictic. He was willing to lay his life on the line and fast whether it was for communal harmony, for concessions from the colonial state or to put the lid on social radicalism. Anyone attempting to refine a theory of Gandhianism is reduced to perplexity at the myriad inconsistencies and conjunctural certainties.

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