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ROLE OF GANDHIAN IDEOLOGY IN NATION BUILDING: A STUDY OF MANOHAR MALGONKAR’S ‘ A BEND IN THE GANGES’

    1 Author(s):  DR PREETI SHADANGI

Vol -  11, Issue- 6 ,         Page(s) : 11 - 15  (2020 ) DOI : https://doi.org/10.32804/IRJMSH

Abstract

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the name doesn’t need any introduction and fits the saying that “ Your work speaks for you” A very simple but strong willed man who never aspired to be a political leader. It was his reading and learning of various scriptures and writers like Emerson,Thoreau, Walden, his Vaishnav upbringing that shaped his ideology.His belief in “man’s equality” made him disobey the South-African law that segregated the train carriages for whites and blacks in1893. That incident had the seed for the birth of an anti colonist nationalist who drove out the Empirical British rule by implementing the ages old ideology of truth and non violence.He named it ‘Satyagraha’.Not for nothing is he called “ The Father of the Nation”.India won its independence under his able guidance and till date our country keeps finding the answer of its problem in Gandhian canon.When he came back from South Africa, he could feel the discomfort and rage of the Indian masses living under the colonial rule.Being a votary of non violence the battle of arms and ammunition was not for him.So he envisioned a path to unite the whole nation and to create the feeling of nationhood in the common man.That was the path of truth, non violence, love, tolerance and sacrifice.As a social reformer his war against untouchability, caste system, child marriage, need of sanitisation, his insistence on widow marriage, decentralisation of power and use of Khadi and Swadeshi proved milestone in his crusade of nation building.

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