Gandhi: Selected Political Writings Glossary

Gandhi: Selected Political Writings Glossary


A Sanskrit word defined as the power of nonviolence. A term coined and developed by Gandhi himself, it is a theory of protest that has influenced many social movements since.


Someone who practises satyagraha.


Freedom, or self-rule.


A word derived from Sanskrit, defined as 'compassion'. Ahimsa is a key principle in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.


From the Persian, meaning 'land-owner'. In relation the Indian sub-continent, a Zamindar was an aristocrat.

Indian National Congress

Often shortened to Congress. A social democratic/progressive political party founded in 1885 which was a key player in the Indian independence movement.

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