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This monumental biography of one of the most intriguing figures of the twentieth century, written by his grandson, is the first to give a complete and balanced account of Mahatma Gandhi's remarkable life, the development of his beliefs and his political campaigns, and his complex relations with his family. Written with unprecedented insight and access to family archives, it reveals a life of contrasts and contradictions: the westernized
Inner Temple lawyer who wore the clothes of
India's poorest and who spun cotton by hand, the apostle of nonviolence who urged
Indians to enlist in the First World War, the champion of
Indian independence who never hated the British. It tells of Gandhi's campaigns against racial discrimination in South Africa and untouchability in
India, tracks the momentous battle for
India's freedom, explores the evolution of Gandhi's strategies of non-violent resistance, and examines relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, a question that attracted Gandhi's passionate attention and one that persists around the world today. Published to rave reviews in
India in 2007, this riveting book gives North American readers the true Gandhi, the man as well as the legend, for the first time.
Gandhi (Ctr. for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Eight Lives) has skillfully narrated events in the life of his grandfather, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as "the Mahatma" and India's "Father of the Nation." While the author has earnestly and sequentially knitted together the story of the Mahatma, whose practice of nonviolence paved the way for India's independence from Britain, he also presents a clear picture of the history of India during Gandhi's time. We get a close look at the contrasts and conflicts in Gandhi's life as he strove for Hindu-Muslim unity and fought against apartheid in South Africa and untouchability at home. Gandhi, who had a "great emotional hold as evidenced by the numerical support of his demonstrations and the popular enthusiasm," continues to fill the reader with awe throughout this excellent book. Although many commendable studies of Gandhi have been written, this one is a comprehensive and therefore invaluable resource both for scholars and for those embarking on a beginning study of the man. Strongly recommended for academic and public libraries.
Chapter 1 Boyhood 1
Chapter 2 London and Identity 25
Chapter 3 South Africa and a Purpose 53
Chapter 4 Satyagraha 91
Chapter 5 Hind Swaraj 117
Chapter 6 A Great March 147
Chapter 7 Engaging
Chapter 8 The Empire Challenged 222
Chapter 9 Building Anew 258
Chapter 10 Assault with Salt 302
Chapter 11 Negotiating Repression 353
Chapter 12 Dream Under Fire 385
Chapter 13 ‘Quit
Chapter 14 Rejected 497
Chapter 15 Walk Alone 541
Chapter 16 To Rama 574
Further Reading 703
written by gandhis own grandson, this biography gives a clear perspective on what went through gandhis mind and how he responded to the events that re-shaped india forever. this book contains many of gandhis own writings from his weekly newsletters and personal journals and letters. some people look at gandhi as a great leader, a politician and even a saint. read this book and than you can decide waht he was, but if you ask me he was all of the above.
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Posted February 19, 2011
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