Gandhi: The Traditional Roots of Charisma

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Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, Lloyd I. Rudolph
University of Chicago Press, Apr 15, 1983 - Biography & Autobiography - 95 pages
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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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part of the "books from college i didn't read" collection. had no background on gandhi beforehand, didn't get some of the references, some of the inside jokes. summary: gandhi's family life affecting ... Read full review

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Rudolph is a professor in the department of political science at the University of Chicago.

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