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Perry Anderson on Gandhi

Perry Anderson has a fascinating essay on Gandhi. The most provocative passages relate to Gandhi’s relationship with the emerging Dalit movement led by Bhimrao Ambedkar, his conflict with the leftist nationalist Subhas Chandra Bose, and what might reasonably be described as his undermining of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the controversial founder of Pakistan. Anderson’s critique of Gandhi is very much a critique from the left, yet anyone interested in modern Indian history, and in modern political mythology, will profit from it. 

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