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Pogrom in GujaratHindu Nationalism and Anti-Muslim Violence in India$
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Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151762

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151762.001.0001

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Ahimsa, Gandhi, and the Angry Hindu

Ahimsa, Gandhi, and the Angry Hindu

(p.185) Chapter 6 Ahimsa, Gandhi, and the Angry Hindu
Pogrom in Gujarat

Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

Princeton University Press

This chapter begins with an error in a newspaper clipping, something that came over The Times of India at a most inopportune moment. The error attributed violence to Gandhi, while it placed him in a pantheon of important national leaders, all of whom are said to oppose violence. The thumbnail version of ahimsa (nonviolence) is the seemingly arbitrary addition or subtraction of “non-” to “violence,” the inclusion of the himsa of ahimsa as part of a political movement and its cultural resources. Violence and nonviolence have become that over which one establishes mastery and thus over the appeal and power that a figure like Gandhi carries. In a Hindu nationalist context, ahimsa stands in the service of himsa, the one a sign of strength, the other a sign of cowardice.

Keywords:   ahimsa, nonviolence, violence, Gandhi, political movement, Hindu nationalism, The Times of India

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