Margaret Chatterjee obituary

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Margaret Chatterjee, who has died aged 93, was a member of the philosophy department at the University of Delhi for 30 years, and its professor of philosophy from 1977 until 1990. From the 1960s onwards, she published widely, at first on philosophical topics and then increasingly on aspects of the life and work of the Indian independence leader MK Gandhi. Gandhi’s Religious Thought (1983) was one of many volumes that established her reputation as a leading scholar in the field.

Born in London to Edith (nee Hickman) and Norman Gantzer, Margaret spent most of her childhood in Dorset. Her father had been a civil servant in India and married Edith when he returned to Britain. Together they visited many churches, taking Margaret along, and this was her introduction to both religion and music, which were to play a large part in her life.

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