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p. 11. Life and worklocked

  • Bhikhu Parekh


‘Life and work’ explores the development of Gandhi's political views. Gandhi grew up in an eclectic religious environment in Porbandar. He left for England in 1888 to train as a lawyer and in 1893 sailed for South Africa intending to spend a year there but instead stayed on for 21 years. When Transvaal passed a law in 1907 requiring the registration and fingerprinting of all Indians, Gandhi hit upon his well-known method of satyāgraha — a form of non-violent resistance. On his return to India he initiated a series of well-planned satyāgrahas. He required a powerful political organization, and rebuilt the Indian National Congress from the bottom upwards.

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