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 (sə-tyä′grə-hə, sŭt′yə-grŭ′hə)
The policy of nonviolent resistance developed by Mahatma Gandhi as a means of pressing for political reform in South Africa and India.

[Sanskrit satyāgrahaḥ : satyam, truth (from sat-, sant-, existing, true; see es- in Indo-European roots) + āgrahaḥ, determination, insistence (ā-, to + grahaḥ, act of seizing, from gṛhṇāti, he seizes; see ghrebh- in Indo-European roots).]


1. (Historical Terms) the policy of nonviolent resistance adopted by Mahatma Gandhi from about 1919 to oppose British rule in India
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any movement of nonviolent resistance
[via Hindi from Sanskrit, literally: insistence on truth, from satya truth + agraha fervour]


(ˈsʌt yəˌgrʌ hə, sətˈyɑ grə-)

n. (sometimes l.c.)
the policy of passive resistance adopted in India by Mohandas Gandhi in 1919.
[1915–20; < Hindi, = Skt satya truth + āgraha persistence]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Satyagraha - the form of nonviolent resistance initiated in India by Mahatma Gandhi in order to oppose British rule and to hasten political reforms
nonviolence, nonviolent resistance, passive resistance - peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperate
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IANS New Delhi To commemorate 100 years of the Champaran Satyagraha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to flag off Swachhagraha Express, an exhibition train, from Motihari in Bihar next month to re-emphasise the spirit of cleanliness, or Swachhata, a value that was close to Mahatma Gandhi's heart.
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Summary: New Delhi [India], Jan 31 (ANI): Two days after the horrific rape of an 8-month-old baby in the National Capital, the Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) has launched a Satyagraha - non-violent protest - to urge the Centre and the State to address the issue of rising rapes of children.
Satyagraha thus means holding firmly to the truth or adherence to the truth.
The former Bigg Boss contestant, who started her career in Bollywood with Prakash Jha's Satyagraha , also has a few film projects lined up for which she will start shooting soon.
The 'Bihar Pilot Project' aims to promote the vision and mission of Khushaal Bachpan Abhiyaan first in the state of Bihar with focus on Champaran district as a 'Champaran Satyagraha Centenary Initiative'.
Meanwhile, Scindia, Congress chief whip in the Lok Sabha, began a 72-hour Satyagraha at T T Nagar's Dussehra Maidan in Bhopal on Wednesday afternoon.
This Satyagraha comes after the realisation that repeated pleas and appeals by the medical fraternity have resulted into nothing but reassurances.
Skaria investigates Mahatma Gandhi's religion, the religiosity of his politics, the politics of his religion, the relation between Gandhi's religion and secularism, and how his notion of satyagraha is a religion of the question.
Modi, while receiving the 'liberation war honour' on behalf of former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, had said that he was one of the activists who reached Delhi in response to Mr Vajpayee's call for Satyagraha for the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 and that like millions of other Indians he wanted this vision realised.
Later, his family joined him, and he began using fasting and the principles of Satyagraha (truth and no violence) to call attention to the plight of his countrymen.
Chapters discuss the pre-diasporic Gandhi as having a provincial Gujarati, as opposed to national Indian, identity; the beginnings of Gandhi's diasporic consciousness in his voyages to England and South Africa; Gandhi's encounter with "racial terror" in his encounters with Indian migrant laborers in South Africa; his construction of the "Indian" in his Hind Swaraj and Satyagraha in South Africa, Gandhi's activism in support of the Tamil women of the Transvaal; and the relationship between the Gandhian project and a range of Atlantic issues, including slave transplantation, separation from the metropole, Euro-creole appropriations of Afro-indigenous subjectivities, and subaltern cultural survival.