On February 24, 1939, Martin Buber wrote a letter to M.K. Gandhi, the Indian nationalist leader. Buber was reacting to comments made by Gandhi about the inability of Jews in offering non-violent resistance to the Nazi regime and characterising it as helpless and weak. Buber’s letter goes on to examine Gandhi’s conception of non-violence, but also raises questions regarding tradition, identity and nationalism. This lecture is an attempt to look at these complex issues and examine the efficacy of non-violence.
Jyotirmaya Sharma is Professor of Political Science at the University of Hyderabad. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at the IWM.
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