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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195672039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195672039.001.0001

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Gandhi in South Africa

Gandhi in South Africa

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(p.31) Three Gandhi in South Africa
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In Search of Gandhi
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B. R. Nanda

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195672039.003.0003

This essay examines the influence of Mahatma Gandhi’s travel to South Africa on his beliefs and career. His days in South Africa were ‘the best part of his life’; this was also the most formative period of his career. The essay suggests that without his South African experience, it is unlikely that Gandhi’s personality and politics could have been cast in the unique mould which made him one of the most charismatic and creative leaders of the twentieth century. It argues that it was not only Gandhi’s politics, but also his personality that was shaped in South Africa because without the inner transformation he underwent there, he could scarcely have acquired the remarkable qualities of leadership that made him the dominant figure in Indian politics.

Keywords:   Mahatma Gandhi, South Africa, beliefs, career, formative period, personality, leadership, Indian politics

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