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Gandhi's Early Years

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 18 November 2013

Bridget Kendall looks back at the formative years of Gandhi with the historian Ramachandra Guha and opera director Phelim McDermott. At the turn of the twentieth century Gandhi spent more than twenty years in South Africa and England: Guha argues that these early experiences shaped his future ideas, while McDermott stages Gandhi's spiritual progress towards nonviolent protest in his production of the opera Satyagraha. Gandhi returned to India just after the outbreak of the First World War and the international historian David Reynolds looks at the legacy of the Great War, and its impact on the decision-makers of the future. The Editor of Prospect Magazine, Bronwen Maddox, explores its legacy.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

  • Ramachandra Guha

    Ramachandra Guha is a historian and writer.


    Gandhi Before India is published by Allen Lane.


    Ramachandra Guha

  • Phelim McDermott

    Phelim McDermott is an actor, writer and director.


    Satyagraha is on at the ENO at the London Coliseum from 20 November to 8 December.

  • David Reynolds

    David Reynolds is Professor of International History and a Fellow of Christ's College, University of Cambridge.


    The Long Shadow: The Great War and the Twentieth Century is published by Simon & Schuster.


    David Reynolds

  • Bronwen Maddox

    Bronwen Maddox is Editor and Chief Executive of Prospect magazine.


    Bronwen Maddox


Bridget Kendall
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Ramachandra Guha
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David Reynolds
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Bronwen Maddox
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Phelim McDermott
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