David Hardiman Review of Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India

David Hardiman, emeritus professor of history, University of Warwick, is reading Mary King’s Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India: The 1924-25 Vykom Satyagraha and the Mechanisms of Change (Oxford University Press, 2015). “A veteran of the US civil rights movement and a leading writer on non-violent struggle provides a critical perspective on a campaign for the civil rights of Dalits – the ‘untouchables’ – that Gandhi became associated with. Applying lessons learned in the US, King identifies drawbacks to Gandhi’s guidance of this movement – issues that haunt the fight for Dalit rights to this day.”

(This review was originally published in The Times. It is reprinted here due to formatting/accessibility issues affecting the original version.)