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From Mao to Gandhi, Bosshard's photographs trace the rise of Asian dissent

Bosshard's photographs offer insights into how India and China were shaped by its founding fathers

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Mahatma Gandhi in Dandi, Gujarat (1930)

Veer Arjun Singh
They both had armies. It was their choice of weapons that differed. When Mahatma Gandhi was preparing his followers to fight violence through civil disobedience, Mao Zedong was arming his troops with guerrilla warfare tactics to compensate for low numbers on the battlefield. At this moment of history in the 1930s, the two revolutionaries were also contemporaries: Mao and Gandhi, embodiments of war and peace, respectively.

During this era of Asian dissent, a Swiss photojournalist named Walter Bosshard was on the spot, on both sides of the border. He photographed both Mao and Gandhi and, perhaps inadvertently, drew a comparison between

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First Published: Sep 28 2018 | 10:24 PM IST

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