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Gandhi the Entrepreneur

Mahatma Gandhi was not the solitary hero of popular myth. He was an entrepreneur who relied on a tight-knit community of co-workers, says Yale historian Ian Desai.

Though philosophically he disavowed material possessions, Gandhi became a savvy and serial collector of books and people. When he returned to India, he brought a number of his coworkers from South Africa with him as well as almost 10,000 books and pamphlets. Once in India, he chose a secluded spot outside Ahmedabad on the banks of the Sabarmati River as the site of a new ashram. The Satyagraha Ashram quickly became the focal point of Gandhi’s social and political endeavors around India and a hub for his burgeoning community of coworkers.

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