Mahatma Gandhi and Prema Kantak: Exploring a Relationship, Exploring History

Hardcover | July 12, 2013

byMeera Kosambi

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An important feminist thinker, writer, and activist, Prema Kantak's contributions to Indian feminist thought and the nationalist movement have been largely neglected in scholarly studies. Kantak, a one-time resident of Gandhi's ashram, forged a special, life-long bond with the Mahatma, and washugely influenced by his thought and persona. She rose to prominence as a feminist writer with strong, radical convictions and also as a forceful proponent of Gandhian political and social ideals in Maharashtra.This volume brings together rare Gandhi-Kantak correspondence that provides many new insights not only into this unique relationship and Kantak's life and radical thought, but also into the complexities of Gandhi's political and social ideas-especially his understanding of the role of women in thenationalist movement. Their correspondence, marked by loving devotion on the one hand and encouragement and nurturing on the other, is replete not only with an unusual mix of Kantak's naivete, hero-worship, and self-doubt, but also reveals interesting facts about a much-deliberated andoft-researched topic-Gandhi's relationship with his women followers.Together with original translations of Kantak's writings and a comprehensive Introduction that explores various dimensions of this deeply-personal relationship, their divergent thinking, as well as the political climate in Maharashtra during the nationalist period, this volume is a timely additionto the body of work on neglected figures in Indian feminist history as well the Gandhi corpus.

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An important feminist thinker, writer, and activist, Prema Kantak's contributions to Indian feminist thought and the nationalist movement have been largely neglected in scholarly studies. Kantak, a one-time resident of Gandhi's ashram, forged a special, life-long bond with the Mahatma, and washugely influenced by his thought and person...

Meera Kosambi is a prominent Indian sociologist and is the author of several books and articles in the fields of urban sociology and women's studies in India. She retired as Director of the Research Centre for Women's Studies at SNDT University for Women, Mumbai.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:July 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198082932

ISBN - 13:9780198082934

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Introduction: 'Kantak's Life Trajectory'; 'The Gandhi-Kantak Relationship'; 'Maharashtra's Political Progression'; 'Gandhiji's Voice in Kantak's Writing'; ''Tension Betweeen Kantak's Feminism and Gandhian Ideology'Gandhiji's Letters: Selected Letters from Gandhiji to Kantak, 28 February 1929 to 16 January 1948 (contextualized by Kantak)Kantak's Novels: Excerpts from Kaam and Kaamini (Love and the Beloved); Agniyaan (A Chariot of Fire)Kantak's Non-fiction Writings: Excerpts from Satyagrahi Maharashtra (Maharashtra Engraved in Satyagraha); Hindi Striyanche Jivan (The Life of Indian Women)