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Pages: 168

Size: 14.6 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm

Publisher: Orbis Books (Feb. 28 2012)

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Gandhi and the Unspeakable


    Notify Me


The bestselling author of JFK and the Unspeakable shines new light on the death of Mohandas Gandhi.

In 1948, at the dawn of his country’s independence, Mohandas Gandhi, father of the Indian independence movement and a beloved prophet of nonviolence, was assassinated by Hindu
nationalists during a prayer meeting in New Delhi. Ostensibly the conspirators were enraged by Gandhi’s efforts to promote reconciliation between Hindus and Muslims. But were they also abetted by elements of the new Indian state whose power was threatened by Gandhi’s radical vision?

James Douglass, following the theme of his previous study of the JFK assassination, shows how those who conspired to kill Gandhi hoped to destroy a compelling vision of peace, nonviolence, and reconciliation. In tracing the story of Gandhi’s early “experiments with truth” in South Africa, Douglass shows how Gandhi had early on confronted and overcome the fear of death. And, as with the case of JFK’s death, he shows why this story matters today: what we can learn from Gandhi’s truth and its opposition to the powers of his time.

“Well argued, documented and very revealing.”
?Arun Gandhi, President, Gandhi Worldwide
Education Institute

“Deeply disturbing and profoundly illuminating . . .”
?Richard Falk, Milbank Professor of International
Law Emeritus, Princeton University

“A necessary book about a necessary human being.”
?James Martin, SJ, author, My Life with the Saints

“I heartily recommend this book.”
?Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence

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