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Ghaffar Khan: Nonviolent Badshah of the Pakhtuns

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Rajmohan Gandhi offers fresh insights into the life and achievements of an extraordinary man, drawing close parallels with the life of Mahatma Gandhi, his 'brother in spirit'. He looks at Ghaffar Khan 'with the spectacles of today rather than those of 1947', emphasizing that for people in the twenty-first century who live in the shadow of September 11, Badshah Khan's unwav ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Viking Penguin
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Rajmohan Ghandi's biography of Gaffar Khan (Badshah Khan), is an interesting and inspiring story of a Pakhtun leader who is willing to risk his life and his family to give Pakhtuns what they have always been deprived of: equality. His struggly is against the British who do not consider the local peolple their equals. Ghaffar Khan not only has to give his people their deserved position but he also has to educate them so that they are able to demand their rights with confidence. With this goal, Gh ...more
A highly readable introduction to a colossal life, although perhaps rather too dated in its construction as a response to World Events. There's too much readiness to err on the side of hagiography, although the book isn't a hagiographic project overall. But it's kind of unthrilling in the little things, like 'Nonviolent Badshah of the Pakhtuns' as a subtitle - you suspect that KAGK would have rolled his eyes.

What I like about Gandhi is that he's able to evoke the utter seriousness of his histor
Such a pity that I hardly knew anything about this great man. A relevant read in today's turbulent times with respect to NWFP.
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Rajmohan Gandhi (born 1935)is a biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and a research professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Until end-December 2012 he taught political science and history at the University of Illinois and divided his time between India and the United States.
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