Gandhian ideas and action How did Gandhian ideas and action compare with those of Nehru and other Indian nationalists? Might Gandhi’s ideas, if generally accepted, have averted the development of...

Gandhian ideas and action

How did Gandhian ideas and action compare with those of Nehru and other Indian nationalists? Might Gandhi’s ideas, if generally accepted, have averted the development of a separate Muslim League?

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vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If Ghandi's ideas had indeed been "generally accepted," they might in fact have averted the development of a separate Muslim League.  The crucial word, however, is "If," and I suppose I believe that Ghandi's ideas could never be generally accepted. It seems very difficult to imagine Hindus and Muslims living in peace, if only because the theological differences between Hinduism and Islam are so great.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do think that Gandhi's ideas could have averted the development of the Muslim League.  However, they would had to have been widely and obviously accepted.  There was enough history of animosity between Muslims and Hindus that it would have been hard for Muslims to believe that they would be treated equally in an independent and united India.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Ghandi did have interesting and new ideas. However, it seems as if those ideas did not take hold. Perhaps this is because the ideas were non-violent, and a more violent revolution might have been able to stave off the development of the Muslim League.