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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 04 9:43 am    Post subject: Conversations with Gandhi  Reply with quote    

Radio 4 saturday 10:30 Conversations with Gandhi
In December 1905 a young Englishwoman, Millie Downs, travelled to Johannesburg to marry her fiance Henry Polak, who had become active in Gandhi's campaign for the rights of South Africa's Indians. Over the next nine years, Millie and her husband shared Gandhi's family home, and they were among the settlers at his first commune at Phoenix near Durban. Millie Polak challenged the young Gandhi about everything, his views on sex, faith and food, and on his treatment of women, and she wrote down what they said to each other.

These uniquely revealing conversations are recreated here, and are placed in the context of Gandhi's early experiments in how best to live.

Contributors are Judith Brown, Professor of Commonwealth History at Oxford ; and Durban architect Rodney Harber.

The programme contains readings from the 1931 book by Millie Graham Polak, Mr Gandhi, The Man.

Actors used are Harmage Singh Kalirai, Angela Mounsey and Ruth Rosen.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 04 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks - will definitely catch that one. Nice new radio (that works) in the sitting room now; I use my wind-up in the kitchen, but it's a pain if the programme is more than 40 minutes long

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