Discuss the various literary sources which inspired Mahatma Gandhi to adopt the idea of Satyagraha.
Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of Satyagraha took inspiration from the following-
- A Poem of Shamal Bhatt, which he learnt when he was eight year old.
- Sermon on the Mount (Saying of Jesus)
- New Testament
- Kingdom of God is within you (Leo Tolstoy).
Shamal Bhatt was a Gujarati author of 18th century. He is special because, Mahatma Gandhi once said that idea of Satyagraha was conceived in a primitive form by him taking inspiration from one of the poems of Shamal Bhatt.
Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite Bhajan “Vaishnav Jan To” was a creation of Narsi Mehta also was an inspiration.
Topics: GS-I: Indian Literature