Great Soul

Great Soul

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A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointmentsa€”his success in seizing Indiaa€™s imagination and shaping its independence struggle as a mass movement, his recognition late in life that few of his followers paid more than lip service to his ambitious goals of social justice for the countrya€™s minorities, outcasts, and rural poor. Pulitzer Prizea€“winner Joseph Lelyveld shows in vivid, unmatched detail how Gandhia€™s sense of mission, social values, and philosophy of nonviolent resistance were shaped on another subcontinenta€”during two decades in South Africaa€”and then tested by an India that quickly learned to revere him as a Mahatma, or a€œGreat Soul, a€ while following him only a small part of the way to the social transformation he envisioned. The man himself emerges as one of historya€™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 heroica€”and tragica€”last months of this selfless leadera€™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 a€œFather of the Nationa€ but were less inclined to embrace his teachings. Muslim support, crucial in his rise to leadership, soon waned, and the oppressed untouchablesa€”for whom Gandhi spoke to Hindus as a wholea€”produced their own leaders. Here is a vital, brilliant reconsideration of Gandhia€™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 Indiaa€™s social consciencea€”and not just Indiaa€™s. From the Hardcover edition.1ali-at111aa#39;s answers pursue whatever tortuous logic comes to hand; theya#39;re also insistent and categorical; when he doesna#39;t duck questions, ... Similarly, a€œThis is a purely Hindu question and, therefore, the non-Hindus have no place in the struggle. ... So writes T. K. Ravindran, a Kerala historian who conducted extensive research in Travancorea#39;s Malayalam-language archives and then wrote the onlyanbsp;...

Title:Great Soul
Author: Joseph Lelyveld
Publisher:Vintage - 2011-03-29

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