Were Gandhi's Practices Any Different From His Writings On Caste?

 

 

Illustration: Parimal Chahande

 

This feature is based on Nishikant Kolge’s 2017 article “Was Gandhi a ‘Champion of the Caste System’? Reflections on His Practices".

Kolge argues that Gandhi’s views on the caste system can be understood through three approaches: by exploring his personal practices with regard to caste; by studying how community life was organised in Gandhi’s ashrams; and by reflecting on some explanations that have been put forward to explain the inconsistencies between Gandhi’s practices and his writings, where he explicitly defends caste.

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Curated by: Sohnee Harshey [sohnee@epw.in]

Illustration: Parimal Chahande [parimal@epw.in]

 

 

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