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M.K. Gandhi, attorney at law : the man before the Mahatma /
Charles R. DiSalvo.
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c2013.
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xxviii, 350 p.
ISBN
0520280156 (hardback), 9780520280151 (hardback)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c2013.
isbn
0520280156 (hardback)
9780520280151 (hardback)
abstract
"In 1888, at the age of eighteen, Mohandas Gandhi sets out from his modest home in India. Shy, timid, and soft-spoken, he embarks on what he believes will be a new life abroad. Twenty-seven years later, at the age of forty-five, he returns-this time fearless, impassioned, and ready to lead his country to freedom. What transformed him? The law. M. K. Gandhi, Attorney at Law is the first biography of the Mahatma's early years as a lawyer. It follows Gandhi as he embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery: from his education in Britain, through the failure of his first law practice in India, to his eventual migration to South Africa. Though he found initial success representing wealthy Indian merchants, events on the ground would come to change him. Relentless attacks by the white colonial establishment on Indian civil rights prompted Gandhi to give up his lucrative business in favor of representing the oppressed in court. Gandhi had originally hoped that the South African legal system could be relied upon for justice. But when the courts failed to respond, he had no choice but to shift tactics, developing what would ultimately become his lasting legacy-the philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience. As he took on the most powerful governmental, economic, and political forces of his day, Gandhi transformed himself from a modest civil rights lawyer into a tireless freedom fighter. Relying on never-before-seen archival materials, this book provides the reader with a front-row seat to the dramatic events that would alter Gandhi-and history-forever. "--
"This book shows how Gandhi's early life in the law played a critical role in the subsequent evolution of his philosophy and theory of nonviolent civil disobedience. The author traces Gandhi's maturation from a tongue-tied novice to a competent professional, from civil rights lawyer to freedom fighter, finally integrating his principles of morality and spirituality into his political life"--
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9083596
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-321) and index.
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"DiSalvo's work is the most important addition to Gandhi literature for quite some time. He is authoritative and captivating on the subject, providing original research that will be indispensable to Gandhi scholars, the legal community, and a more general audience interested in this fascinating history." - Thomas Weber, Politics and International Relations Program, La Trobe University, Melbourne
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"DiSalvo's work is the most important addition to Gandhi literature for quite some time. He is authoritative and captivating on the subject, providing original research that will be indispensable to Gandhi scholars, the legal community, and a more general audience interested in this fascinating history." - Thomas Weber, Politics and International Relations Program, La Trobe University, Melbourne "M.K. Gandhi is a marvelous account of Gandhi's legal practice with a particularly exciting and accurate interpretation of his political philosophy in light of his legal experience. This work fills an important gap in current Gandhi scholarship." -Anthony Parel, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary
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In 1888, at the age of eighteen, Mohandas Gandhi sets out from his modest home in India. Shy, timid, and soft-spoken, he embarks on what he believes will be a new life abroad. Twenty-seven years later, at the age of forty-five, he returns--this time fearless, impassioned, and ready to lead his country to freedom. What transformed him? The law. M. K. Gandhi, Attorney at Law is the first biography of the Mahatma's early years as a lawyer. It follows Gandhi as he embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery: from his education in Britain, through the failure of his first law practice in India, to his eventual migration to South Africa. Though he found initial success representing wealthy Indian merchants, events on the ground would come to change him. Relentless attacks by the white colonial establishment on Indian civil rights prompted Gandhi to give up his lucrative business in favor of representing the oppressed in court. Gandhi had originally hoped that the South African legal system could be relied upon for justice. But when the courts failed to respond, he had no choice but to shift tactics, developing what would ultimately become his lasting legacy--the philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience. As he took on the most powerful governmental, economic, and political forces of his day, Gandhi transformed himself from a modest civil rights lawyer into a tireless freedom fighter. Relying on never-before-seen archival materials, this book provides the reader with a front-row seat to the dramatic events that would alter Gandhi--and history--forever.
Main Description
In 1888, at the age of eighteen, Mohandas Gandhi sets out from his modest home in India. Shy, timid, and soft-spoken, he embarks on what he believes will be a new life abroad. Twenty-seven years later, at the age of forty-five, he returns--this time fearless, impassioned, and ready to lead his country to freedom. What transformed him? The law. "M. K. Gandhi, Attorney at Law" is the first biography of the Mahatmas early years as a lawyer. It follows Gandhi as he embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery: from his education in Britain, through the failure of his first law practice in India, to his eventual migration to South Africa. Though he found initial success representing wealthy Indian merchants, events on the ground would come to change him. Relentless attacks by the white colonial establishment on Indian civil rights prompted Gandhi to give up his lucrative business in favor of representing the oppressed in court. Gandhi had originally hoped that the South African legal system could be relied upon for justice. But when the courts failed to respond, he had no choice but to shift tactics, developing what would ultimately become his lasting legacy--the philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience. As he took on the most powerful governmental, economic, and political forces of his day, Gandhi transformed himself from a modest civil rights lawyer into a tireless freedom fighter. Relying on never-before-seen archival materials, this book provides the reader with a front-row seat to the dramatic events that would alter Gandhi--and history--forever.
Main Description
At the age of eighteen, a shy and timid Mohandas Gandhi leaves his Gujarati home for a life on his own. At forty-five, a confident and fearless Gandhi arrives back in India ready to boldly lead his country to freedom. What transforms him? The law. MK Gandhi, Attorney at Law , the first biography of Gandhi's life in the law, follows Gandhi as he goes on a journey of self-discovery during his law studies in Britain, fails miserably at his law practice in India, and then becomes enormously successful representing wealthy Indian merchants in South Africa. Relentless attacks on Indian rights by the white colonial authorities there cause Gandhi to give up his lucrative representation of private clients for public work - the representation of the besieged Indian community in South Africa. As he takes on the most powerful governmental, economic, and political forces of his day, he learns two things. He comes to know that unifying his professional work with his political and moral principles not only provides him with satisfaction, it also creates in him a strong, powerful voice. Using the courtrooms of South Africa as his laboratory for resistance, Gandhi learns something else so important that it will eventually have a lasting, global impact: a determined people can bring repressive governments to heel by the principled use of civil disobedience. Using materials hidden away in archival vaults and brought to light for the first time, MK Gandhi, Attorney at Law puts the reader inside dramatic experiences that changed Gandhi's life forever and have never been written about - until now.
Main Description
At the age of eighteen, a shy and timid Mohandas Gandhi leaves his Gujarati home for a life on his own. At forty-five, a confident and fearless Gandhi arrives back in India ready to boldly lead his country to freedom.What transforms him?The law."MK Gandhi, Attorney at Law," the first biography of Gandhis life in the law, follows Gandhi as he goes on a journey of self-discovery during his law studies in Britain, fails miserably at his law practice in India, and then becomes enormously successful representing wealthy Indian merchants in South Africa. Relentless attacks on Indian rights by the white colonial authorities there cause Gandhi to give up his lucrative representation of private clients for public work - the representation of the besieged Indian community in South Africa. As he takes on the most powerful governmental, economic, and political forces of his day, he learns two things. He comes to know that unifying his professional work with his political and moral principles not only provides him with satisfaction, it also creates in him a strong, powerful voice. Using the courtrooms of South Africa as his laboratory for resistance, Gandhi learns something else so important that it will eventually have a lasting, global impact: a determined people can bring repressive governments to heel by the principled use of civil disobedience.Using materials hidden away in archival vaults and brought to light for the first time, "MK Gandhi, Attorney at Law" puts the reader inside dramatic experiences that changed Gandhis life forever and have never been written about - until now.

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