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Phiroze Vasunia

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203239.001.0001

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Epilogue: Gandhi, Nehru, Socrates

Epilogue: Gandhi, Nehru, Socrates

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(p.334) (p.335) Epilogue: Gandhi, Nehru, Socrates
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The Classics and Colonial India
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Phiroze Vasunia

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203239.003.0010

The book concludes with an analysis of Gandhi’s and Nehru’s interest in classical Greece. Gandhi, who wrote a Gujarati version of Plato’s Apology, identified with Socrates and aspired to emulate his virtues. Nehru himself likened Gandhi to Socrates; he also wrote about Greece in his Discovery of India and compared India and Greece in his work. Both Nehru and Gandhi found inspiration in Hellenic antiquity and made Hellenism part of their fight against colonialism

Keywords:   gandhi, nehru, socrates, plato, apology, discovery of india, colonialism

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