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Author DiSalvo, Charles R., 1948-
Title M.K. Gandhi, attorney at law : the man before the Mahatma / Charles R. DiSalvo.
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2013]
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 Floor2  DS481.G3 D473 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description xxviii, 350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction -- Dispatched to London -- The barrister who couldn't speak -- An abundant and regular supply of labour -- Dada Abdulla's white elephant -- Not a white barrister -- Formation lessons -- Waller's question -- A public man -- To Maritzburg -- Moth and flame -- Sacrifice -- Transition and the Transvaal -- No bed of roses -- Disobedience -- Courthouse to jailhouse -- Malpractice -- Courtroom as laboratory -- Closing arguments -- Mohandas K. Gandhi chronology -- Abbreviations -- Notes -- Sources -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary " 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. "-- Provided by publisher.
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948.
Lawyers -- India -- Biography.
Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948 -- Travel -- South Africa.
South Africa -- Politics and government -- 1836-1909.
ISBN 9780520280151 hardback
0520280156 hardback
Standard # 40022804020
OCLC number 838792432