Gandhi

The Traditional Roots of Charisma

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph and Lloyd I. Rudolph

Gandhi
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Susanne Hoeber Rudolph and Lloyd I. Rudolph

104 pages | © 1983
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780226731360 Published April 1983
E-book $20.00 ISBN: 9780226227603 Will Publish April 2009
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.
Contents
Preface
The Fear of Cowardice
Gandhi and the New Courage
Self-Control and Political Potency
This-Worldly Asceticism and Political Modernization
The Private Origins of Public Obligation
The New Meaning of Old Paths
Index
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