ISBN 9788132109686,Atlantic Gandhi : The Mahatma Overseas

Atlantic Gandhi : The Mahatma Overseas



SAGE Publications Ltd

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9788132109686

ISBN-10 8132109686

Hard Back

Number of Pages 272 Pages
Language (English)


Before the Mahatma, there was the man. A man out of his home, in a foreign land. What was it about his experiences in South Africa that made Mohandas Gandhi awaken to the call of his motherland? Atlantic Gandhi follows the Father of India back in time and beyond the Arabian Sea as he hears the cries of his people in a land not their own. His answer became the impetus that drove a juggernaut back and freed his home. Summary of the Book Before his journey to South Africa, Gandhi paints a bleak picture of himself. He was a simple man, one who still hadn't figured out his place in the world. So what changed him in a land that wasn't even his own? How did he come to find his people crying out for a redeemer in the hollers of Indians in South Africa? This book explains that this has much to do with the diaspora that Gandhi found in South Africa. Moving between different levels of people in the production sectors, Gandhi began to see the world anew. At the same time he discovered the works of Thoreau, Ruskin and Tolstoy who further pounded the meaning of spiritualism, vegetarianism and the meaning of being Indian into Gandhi. What emerged from the abyss was a changed man. Indeed, not just a man, a Mahatma. About Nalini Natarajan Nalini Natarajan is an Indian scholar and historian. She is also the author of: The Resonating Island: The Caribbean in Postcolonial Dialogue. Graduating from the Delhi University with an MA, she taught for a brief period at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. She secured her PhD. from University of Aberdeen, Scotland as a British Council Scholar and a recipient of the Fellowship from the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the United Kingdom. She has also worked for a brief period at Yale University as a postdoctoral scholar. Dr. Natarajan currently lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico where she teaches at the English Department in College of Humanities, University of Puerto Rico. Her research interests include India and its many regions, local languages and cultures, British domestic and imperial culture in the Nineteenth Century, feminist theory, and Caribbean and Latin American issues.