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Gandhi: The Traditional Roots of Charisma / Edition 1

Gandhi: The Traditional Roots of Charisma / Edition 1

by Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, Lloyd I. RudolphSusanne Hoeber Rudolph
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The Rudolphs' analysis reveals that Gandhi's charisma was deeply rooted in the aspects of Indian tradition that he interpreted for his time. They key to his political influence was his ability to realize in both his daily life and his public actions, cultural ideals that many Indians honored but could not enact themselves—ideals such as the traditional Hindu belief that a person's capacity for self-control enhances his capacity to control his environment. Appealing to shared expectations and recognitions, Gandhi was able to revitalize tradition while simultaneously breaking with some of its entrenched values, practices, and interests. One result was a self-critical, ethical, and inclusive nationalist movement that eventually led to independence.

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ISBN-13: 9780226731360
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 04/28/1983
Series: Modernity of Tradition Series: PT. 2 Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

The Fear of Cowardice
Gandhi and the New Courage
Self-Control and Political Potency
This-Worldly Asceticism and Political Modernization
The Private Origins of Public Obligation
The New Meaning of Old Paths

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