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Gandhi’s First Hartal

Gandhi’s First Hartal

(Penguin Petit)

Ramachandra Guha
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By 1905, the fight to get Indians a fair deal in South Africa was still continuing. Thus far, it had followed a strictly legal route. Letters, petitions, court cases, delegations—these were the means by which Gandhi and his fellows had challenged laws that were unfair to them. However, it seemed as if things were suddenly moving towards protest rather than petition.

Gandhi was moving towards leading his first peaceful protest—in Transvaal: going on hartal until their demands were met. But when had the seeds for such radicalism been sown? Or did Gandhi have it in him all along?

In Gandhi’s First Hartal, Ramachandra Guha examines the circumstances that led to Mohandas Gandhi, a lawyer, being at the centre of a mass protest to gain fundamental rights from the colonialists.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Nov/2018

Length : 14 Pages

MRP : ₹15.00

Gandhi’s First Hartal

(Penguin Petit)

Ramachandra Guha

By 1905, the fight to get Indians a fair deal in South Africa was still continuing. Thus far, it had followed a strictly legal route. Letters, petitions, court cases, delegations—these were the means by which Gandhi and his fellows had challenged laws that were unfair to them. However, it seemed as if things were suddenly moving towards protest rather than petition.

Gandhi was moving towards leading his first peaceful protest—in Transvaal: going on hartal until their demands were met. But when had the seeds for such radicalism been sown? Or did Gandhi have it in him all along?

In Gandhi’s First Hartal, Ramachandra Guha examines the circumstances that led to Mohandas Gandhi, a lawyer, being at the centre of a mass protest to gain fundamental rights from the colonialists.

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Ramachandra Guha

RAMACHANDRA GUHA was born and raised in the Himalayan foothills. He studied in Delhi and Kolkata, and has lived for many years in Bengaluru. His many books include a pioneering environmental history, The Unquiet Woods; a landmark history of his country, India after Gandhi; and an authoritative biography of Mahatma Gandhi, both volumes of which were chosen by the New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year. Having previously taught at Oslo, Stanford and the London School of Economics, he is currently Distinguished University Professor at Krea University. Guha's awards include the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History, the Howard Milton Award of the British Society for Sports History, and the Fukuoka Prize for contributions to Asian culture. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate in the humanities from Yale University.

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