“Strange bedfellows” : Gandhi and Chinese passive resistance 1906-111

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dc.contributor.author Harris, Karen Leigh
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-07T08:51:17Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-07T08:51:17Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.description This article is a reworked version of a chapter entitled “Gandhi, the Chinese and Passive Resistance”, in Gandhi and South Africa: Principles and Politics ed. Judith Brown and Martin Prozesky (Pietrmaritzburg: University of Natal Press, 1996), 69-95. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Over a century since Gandhi’s historic and personally decisive sojourn in colonial southern Africa, the vast corpus of literature in the Western world on the Mahatma has continued to expand unabated, while the “machines of Gandhi hagiography” are still said to “continue to churn out massive volumes in present-day India”. Indeed, this commemorative issue of the Journal of Natal and Zulu History is testimony to this legacy and ongoing fascination, and in particular commemorates a centenary of his global bequest of satyagraha (passive resistance) launched in southern Africa. While much of the literature produced on Gandhi continues to adhere to what Dilip Menon has called the “straight and narrow” or what Tanika Sarkar refers to as “icon making”, with a persistent veneration of the Mahatma, others have ventured to question, probe, reappraise and reassess a range of dimensions of the Gandhian epoch. One aspect that has increasingly come under scrutiny is Gandhi's relations with other non-Indian communities, particularly as regards his time in South Africa and the emergence of satyagraha. This ties in with a wider concern about the possible contradictions in his professed rejection of racism and his claim to universalism. It is in this context that his apparent failure to ally with any other ethnic grouping within South Africa is questioned. And it is to this aspect of the satyagraha movement that this article turns, with particular reference to Chinese resistance at the turn of the century. en_ZA
dc.description.department Historical and Heritage Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.kznhass-history.net/ojs/index.php/jnzh en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Harris, KL 2013, '“Strange bedfellows”: Gandhi and Chinese passive resistance 1906-111', Journal of Natal and Zulu History, vol. 31, pp. 14-38. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-0123
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/59711
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Open Journal Systems en_ZA
dc.rights University of KwaZulu-Natal, History Department en_ZA
dc.subject Racism en_ZA
dc.subject Universalism en_ZA
dc.subject Satyagraha movement en_ZA
dc.subject Chinese en_ZA
dc.title “Strange bedfellows” : Gandhi and Chinese passive resistance 1906-111 en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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