GANDHI: A Study in Revolution by Geoffrey Ashe

GANDHI: A Study in Revolution

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This biography explicitly weighs and rejects the caricatures of Gandhi as a fanatic, a hypocritical scheme or an unaccountably politicized saint. It refrains from full accounts of the political events and relationships in Gandhi's life, instead examining them as causes and results of his thinking. Ashe sees the Mahatma as a man who reached religious positions through ""experimental"" means. He himself is well-grounded in doctrinal and ethical disputation, and keeps asking whether one can turn somebody else's check. But he seems to conclude that Gandhi didn't pre-eminently achieve virtue at others' expense. He gives equally critical yet sympathetic attention to Gandhi's almost lifelong struggle for sexual self-mastery, and to his rather muddled economic views. The multiple aims of each undertaking--from the vegetarianism which began during the London student days, to the counter-community and home crafts projects, his dealings with Lord Halifax, and his championship of Muslim and Untouchable rights--are set forth clearly and (though Ashe shares Gandhi's distaste for violent revolution) open-mindedly. A good, very readable introductory.

Pub Date: May 27th, 1968
Publisher: Stein & Day