Gandhi's Prisoner?: The Life of Gandhi's Son Manilal

Gandhi's Prisoner?: The Life of Gandhi's Son Manilal

by Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie
     
 
Drawn from letters and interviews with family members, this biography yields a fascinating account of one of Gandhi's four sons, offering insights into Gandhi the father and illustrating the difficulties and successes Gandhi's heirs have had in continuing his legacy. This is the story of Gandhi's second son, Manilal Gandhi, who is often lost in the shadow of his

Overview

Drawn from letters and interviews with family members, this biography yields a fascinating account of one of Gandhi's four sons, offering insights into Gandhi the father and illustrating the difficulties and successes Gandhi's heirs have had in continuing his legacy. This is the story of Gandhi's second son, Manilal Gandhi, who is often lost in the shadow of his father, but led a phenomenal life of his own. Following in his father's footsteps with regard to political involvement, Manilal struck out on his own as a young man and became an important South African journalist.

Gandhi's Prisoner? explores a side of Gandhi that biographers have either neglected, misunderstood or judged harshly due to their select focus on his controversial relationship with his eldest son, Harilal. Based on hundreds of letters between Gandhi and his four sons, on Manilal's unpublished letters to family and friends, and on interviews with family, as well as a careful reading of the newspaper Manilal edited, this biography provides an untold history of both Phoenix Settlement and Indian Opinion after Gandhi left South Africa. At the same time, it seeks a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between father and son.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780795701764
Publisher:
NB Publishers
Publication date:
03/15/2010
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie is an associate professor of history at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. She is the author of From Canefields to Freedom; Not Slave, Not Free; and Sita: The Memoirs of Sita Gandhi.

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