Definition of satyagraha in English:

satyagraha

noun

mass noun
  • A policy of passive political resistance, especially that advocated by Mahatma Gandhi against British rule in India.

    • ‘Then in 1919, British plans to intern people suspected of sedition prompted him to announce a new satyagraha.’
    • ‘From the fields I went off to the Bargarh satyagraha.’
    • ‘The main forms of mass struggle in the Valley have been non-violent direct actions - marches, satyagraha and civil disobedience.’
    • ‘The year 1919 saw Mani Bhawan emerge as a centre of satyagraha.’
    • ‘Then, when Gandhi announced a fresh round of satyagraha in 1930, he chose Rajaji to be the first to break the salt laws in South India.’
    • ‘Shanti owned a press, aptly called Motherland Press and, after a while, he began printing Quit India, a clandestine newspaper inciting people to carry out satyagraha against the British.’
    • ‘If we do not get a satisfactory response from you by 15th September 2002, we shall be constrained to launch a nation-wide satyagraha.’
    • ‘Hardiman points out other limitations, such as Gandhi's patriarchal outlook that survived his daring call to women to join satyagraha.’
    • ‘His letter calling people to satyagraha electrified us.’
    • ‘Dr. Krishnabai Nimbkar from Pune had wanted to go on a satyagraha in protest against the kind of politics which played one community against the other.’
    • ‘He became a populist leader and satyagraha spread throughout India.’
    • ‘He unified opposition among the disparate Indian community to the passing of racially discriminatory laws and pioneered the techniques of satyagraha (non-violent resistance), which later were to make him famous.’
    • ‘Gandhi's satyagraha in India, where tens of thousands of villagers defied the British Raj's tax on sail by drying seawater in the 1940s, is another well-known example.’
    • ‘Gandhiji and Sree Narayana Guru held talks at Sivagiri and the Mahatma himself offered satyagraha for several days.’
    • ‘For three weeks before the march, Rajaji undertook a quick tour of Tamil districts, apprising the people on the implication of the forthcoming salt satyagraha.’
    • ‘Many felt that the serene Sannidhanam should not have been made the venue for its satyagraha.’
    • ‘A counter petition was filed against the court case that followed stating that the satyagraha had been peaceful and that the inhabitants of the area were calling for just demands.’
    • ‘This is where Gandhi developed his concept of satyagraha, translated in the west as passive resistance that, in the end, influenced the whole of the colonial world.’
    • ‘India's movement for independence was marked by nonviolence as hundreds of thousands of Indians responded to Mahatma Gandhi's call for satyagraha, which means to be steadfast in truth.’
    • ‘Mohandas K. Gandhi's movement of satyagraha, or non-violent passive resistance in the face of British oppression, formed the key to India's response to British colonization and gave shape to the drive for independence.’

Origin

Sanskrit, from satya ‘truth’ + āgraha ‘obstinacy’.

Pronunciation

satyagraha

/sʌˈtjɑːɡrəhɑː/