The Impossible Indian by Faisal Devji
Gandhi and the Temptation of Violence

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This is a rare view of Gandhi as a hard-hitting political thinker willing to countenance the greatest violence in pursuit of a global vision that went beyond a nationalist agenda. Guided by his idea of ethical duty as the source of the self’s sovereignty, he understood how life’s quotidian reality could be revolutionized to extraordinary effect.
 

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Devji Faisal is a Reader in Indian History at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University
 
Published September 28, 2012 by Harvard University Press. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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This dense, scholarly work addresses Mohandas Gandhi’s political philosophy through a prism that seeks to refigure him as an extraordinary realist whose creed of nonviolence was less idealistic than a

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