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Gandhi Against Caste

Nishikant Kolge

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780199474295
eISBN:
9780199091089
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199474295.001.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History, Social History

In 1909, while still in South Africa, Gandhi publicly decried the caste system for its inequalities. Shortly after his return to India though, he spoke of the generally beneficial aspects of caste. ... More


Gandhi and the Caste System

B. R. Nanda

in Gandhi and his Critics

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195633634
eISBN:
9780199081332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195633634.003.0004
Subject:
History, Indian History

Mahatma Gandhi was accused of acting as an apologist for the caste system in India. In 1932, he resorted to fasting ‘to block an affirmative action’ planned by Britain in favour of the outcastes, the ... More


Conclusion

Mary Elizabeth King

in Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India: The 1924–25 Vykom Satyagraha and Mechanisms of Change

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199452668
eISBN:
9780199085279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199452668.003.0010
Subject:
History, Indian History

Gandhi’s notion of suffering and uncritical belief that nonviolent action can “melt the stoniest heart” is a hazardous article of faith. Vykom can illustrate impediments faced today in nonviolent ... More


The Mahatma in Retirement

B. R. Nanda

in In Gandhi’s Footsteps: The Life and Times of Jamnalal Bajaj

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195663433
eISBN:
9780199081424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663433.003.0011
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter discusses Gandhi’s retirement from politics in the mid-1920s. It begins with a section on the role of the press in provoking the animosity between the Hindu and Muslim communities. It ... More


Battle Against Untouchability

B. R. Nanda

in In Gandhi’s Footsteps: The Life and Times of Jamnalal Bajaj

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195663433
eISBN:
9780199081424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663433.003.0016
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter discusses Gandhi’s fight against the practice of untouchability. The discussion starts with a section on the question of the separate electorates for the depressed classes, which Gandhi ... More


Apotheosis of the Unequal: Gandhi’s Harijan

Aishwary Kumar

in Radical Equality: Ambedkar, Gandhi, and the Risk of Democracy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780804791953
eISBN:
9780804794268
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791953.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

In 1931, Gandhi introduces the name harijan (“children of God”) for the 50 million “untouchables” of India. The gesture radicalizes his phenomenology of spirit irreversibly. For it reveals, in the ... More


Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India: The 1924–25 Vykom Satyagraha and Mechanisms of Change

Mary Elizabeth King

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199452668
eISBN:
9780199085279
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199452668.001.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History

In the 1920s, in the south Indian village of Vykom, a nonviolent struggle sought to open to everyone the roads surrounding the Brahmin temple there. For centuries, any person or animal could walk ... More


Was there a strategy in Gandhi’s approach to fight against the caste system?*

Nishikant Kolge

in Gandhi Against Caste

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780199474295
eISBN:
9780199091089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199474295.003.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History, Social History

The chapter argues that despite enormous difficulties that different scholars had faced in assessing Gandhi’s views on the problem of the caste system and untouchability due to inconsistency in his ... More


Gandhi’s evolving strategy to abolish the caste system: Part I

Nishikant Kolge

in Gandhi Against Caste

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780199474295
eISBN:
9780199091089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199474295.003.0003
Subject:
History, Indian History, Social History

This chapter expounds the course of Gandhi’s evolving strategy against the caste system within its historical context. It presents a chronological account of Gandhi’s writings and life starting from ... More


Gandhi’s evolving strategy to abolish the caste system: Part II

Nishikant Kolge

in Gandhi Against Caste

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780199474295
eISBN:
9780199091089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199474295.003.0004
Subject:
History, Indian History, Social History

This chapter expounds the course of Gandhi’s evolving strategy against the caste system within its historical context. It presents a chronological account of Gandhi’s writings and life starting from ... More


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