Great soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his struggle with India
Pulitzer Prize-winner Joseph Lelyveld shows in vivid, unmatched detail how Gandhi's sense of mission, social values, and philosophy of nonviolent resistance were shaped on another subcontinent--during two decades in South Africa--and then tested by an India that quickly learned to revere him as a Mahatma, or "Great Soul," while following him only a small part of the way to the social transformation he envisioned. The man himself emerges as one of history's most remarkable self-creations, a prosperous lawyer who became an ascetic in a loincloth wholly dedicated to political and social action. Lelyveld leads us step-by-step through the heroic--and tragic--last months of this selfless leader's long campaign when his nonviolent efforts culminated in the partition of India, the creation of Pakistan, and a bloodbath of ethnic cleansing that ended only with his own assassination.
India and its politicians were ready to place Gandhi on a pedestal as "Father of the Nation" but were less inclined to embrace his teachings. Muslim support, crucial in his rise to leadership, soon waned, and the oppressed untouchables--for whom Gandhi spoke to Hindus as a whole--produced their own leaders.
Here is a vital, brilliant reconsideration of Gandhi's extraordinary struggles on two continents, of his fierce but, finally, unfulfilled hopes, and of his ever-evolving legacy, which more than six decades after his death still ensures his place as India's social conscience--and not just India's.
From the Hardcover edition.
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|display_description||In this ambitious, original study, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lelyveld sets out to measure Gandhi's accomplishments as a politician and an advocate for the downtrodden--against Gandhi's own expectations and in light of his complex, conflicted feelings about his place in Indian history.|
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|record_details||ils:CARL0000364654|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|Alfred A. Knopf,|2011.|xv, 425 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm., overdrive:c77ac64c-b941-4a53-a200-24e1730c2b82|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group|2011||
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|subject_facet||Gandhi, -- Mahatma, -- 1869-1948, India -- Politics and government -- 1919-1947, Nationalists -- India -- Biography, South Africa -- Politics and government -- 1836-1909, Statesmen -- India -- Biography|
|title_display||Great soul : Mahatma Gandhi and his struggle with India|
|title_full||Great Soul Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India, Great soul : Mahatma Gandhi and his struggle with India / Joseph Lelyveld|
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|title_sub||Mahatma Gandhi and his struggle with India|
|topic_facet||Biography & Autobiography, Gandhi, History, Nationalists, Nonfiction, Politics and government, Statesmen|