Bhagat Singh as ‘Satyagrahi’: The Limits to Non-violence in Late Colonial India1

  title={Bhagat Singh as ‘Satyagrahi’: The Limits to Non-violence in Late Colonial India1},
  author={Neeti Nair},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={649 - 681}
  • N. Nair
  • Published 1 May 2009
  • Political Science
  • Modern Asian Studies
Abstract Among anti-colonial nationalists, Bhagat Singh and M.K. Gandhi are seen to exemplify absolutely contrasting strategies of resistance. Bhagat Singh is regarded as a violent revolutionary whereas Gandhi is the embodiment of non-violence. This paper argues that Bhagat Singh and his comrades became national heroes not after their murder of a police inspector in Lahore or after throwing bombs in the Legislative Assembly in New Delhi but during their practice of hunger strikes and non… 
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