Gandhi in National Movement

Mahesh Vikram Singh and Brij Bhushan Shrivastava, Centrum Press, 2011, Encyclopaedic History of India, viii, 297 p, ISBN : 9380836928, $55.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Gandhi in National Movement

Contents:  Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Gandhi and Satyagraha. 3. Role of Mahatma Gandhi in Freedom struggle. 4. Gandhi and the Indian National Congress. 5. The non cooperation movement. Bibliography. Index.

Mahatma Gandhi who became the leader of the Indian National Congress in 1920 did not always lead the Indian nationalist movement. There were periods when he was arrested and was completely isolated from he movement. Sometimes he severed from the nationalist movement for other causes. Even when he was the leader of Indian National Congress there were members in the congress there were members in the congress who did not accept his ideas. His opponents who had other ideas about India even established movements within the Indian National Congress. In the early 1930s Gandhi even resigned from the leadership of the Congress because of growing criticism against his leadership. But from then on Gandhi became the father figure of the Congress. In 1942 Gandhi led the Quit India movement. Gandhis philosophy of struggle against the British was non violent non cooperation. He demanded from the Indians to restrain even if the British forces physically attacked them. He advised Indians to boycott anything British including British made garments, British Universities British courts and to refuse to follow  respect and abide by British laws. He sometimes resorted to hunger strikes. Gandhi succeeded in sweeping the Indian people after him like no other Indian leader ever did before him. This book which we hope will lay the foundations for the next generation of Indian historians. (jacket)

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