An American in Gandhi's India

An American in Gandhi's India : The Biography of Satyanand Stokes

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Samuel Evans Stokes, Jr., a son of a prominent Philadelphia family, was a 21-year-old Quaker missionary when he arrived in India in 1904 to work in a home for lepers. He soon became disillusioned with the foreign missionary community and began a new spiritual quest, adopting Indian dress, forgoing the privileges of a Westerner in colonial India, and founding a mendicant religious brotherhood. Later in life he married a Rajput Christian girl, converted to Hinduism, and adopted a new name. Stokes became a leader in Gandhi's independence movement in the 1920s, and was the only American jailed by the British for this cause. He is most often remembered in India, however, as the man who introduced American Delicious apples to the Himalayas. An American in Gandhi's India draws on oral history and interviews as well as Stokes's books, journals, and letters. Sharma's fascinating account offers a rare glimpse into a century of interaction between India and the United more

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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 612.35g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 20 b&w photos, 1 maps
  • 0253219906
  • 9780253219909

About Asha Sharma

Asha Sharma is a granddaughter of Satyanand Stokes. A graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, she has been a fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research and a Research Associate at the University of California at more

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"This is ... the story of the commitment to India that prompted Gandhi to describe Stokes as a foreigner who had made India his home, 'in a manner in which perhaps no other American or Englishman has.'" Mark Tully, India Today "Sharma has written a lively and philosophical book, reflecting closely Stokes's mixed personality and steely commitment." Michael Fathers, Time Asia "Of the men and women from foreign climes who came to India to preach and stayed to learn, the name of Samuel Stokes is an outstanding one." Chanchal Sarkar, Hindustan Times "The fascinating story of Samuel Evans Stokes is a meticulously documented and well-written book." --H. V. Sharada Prasad, Asian Ageshow more

Table of contents

Foreword; Preface; Note on This Edition; Map Prologue 1. A Journey of No Return; 2. The Quest Begins; 3. The Ascetic; 4. Visit Home; 5. The Brotherhood in India; 6. Alternate Path; 7. An Inner Struggle; 8. Home At Last-A Family Man; 9. War on Two Fronts; 10. For the Rights of Men--Begar; 11. Joining the Freedom Struggle; 12. The Fight Continues; 13. In Khadi; 14. Following the National Trail; 15. Arrest and Trial; 16. Guest of the British Empire; 17. Debates with Gandhi: Test of Friendship; 18. Johnny Appleseed of the Himalayas; 19. A School in My Garden; 20. Came to Teach and Stayed to Learn; 21. Satyakamvadi; 22. The Burdens Increase; 23. Marketing the Fruits of Labor; 24. World War II and After; 25. The Vedantist; 26. Eventide; Epilogue; Acknowledgmentsshow more

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