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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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Annie Zaidi
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolute must read. The life and times that reflect the life and times of not just India, but also Pakistan and Bangladesh in the twentieth century.
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a biography of a man largely forgotten by India and Pakistan both - "Badshah Khan". A firm believer in non-violence hailing from one of the most violent regions on earth, the North West Frontier Province and rightly called "Frontier Gandhi".
Recently, PM Modi rightly reminded Pakistan of its troubled history of Baluchistan - its forcible accession, the numerous suppressions and human rights abuses. Less known is the history of NWFP, which never had a League ministry till independence, wit
Jan 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Revanth Ukkalam
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Yet again, Rajmohan Gandhi turns up with a grand biography: this time of a man to whom struggle was not around power but a duty. Among all biographies this was perhaps the most difficult; owing to the fact that there was very little 'Bacha' Khan wrote in his own lifetime. Gandhi sheds light on the tensions that Khan had to play around with. These tensions were unique to him due to his "Pakhtunness". By the end, one is forced to believe that Ghaffar Khan was either the greatest of Gandhi's heirs ...more
Kuljinder Singh
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
enjoyable read
Jan 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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