Week 2, Nationalism, Gender, and Narrative Identity, Radhakrishnan

October 8, 2007

I appreciated this article as it provided space for deeper reflection on the movie Gandhi. The discussion of the differences between Gandhi and Nehru’s relationship to the masses was particularly helpful. Gandhi emphasized an incarnational way of relating that emphasized “empowering the people in a way that will enable them to lead themselves” (201). Nehru admits to his own lack of confidence in his ability to identify himself with the commoner, and whether he really knows India. I could identify with Nehru’s eagerness to “change her [India] outlook and appearance and give her the garb of modernity” prior to knowing or accepting her traditions and culture (201).

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One Response to “Week 2, Nationalism, Gender, and Narrative Identity, Radhakrishnan”

  1. wess Says:

    “his own lack of confidence in his ability to identify himself with the commoner, and whether he really knows India.”

    I totally agree on this point, I wonder how we overcome this fear/hesitation within the church?


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