Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire

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University of California Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 738 pages
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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.
  

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Review: Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire

User Review  - Vivek - Goodreads

Probably one of the unbiased account on MK Gandhi. A must read for all history buffs and all Indians whose idea of Gandhi is very primitive and ideological. Well researched and insightful. A must read if you want to know about the Indian independence movement. Read full review

Review: Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

With so many biographies of Gandhi to choose from, including his own autobiography (which, however, only takes us up to 1921) why should we read this one? The author, Rajmohan Gandhi, starts by ... Read full review

Contents

London and Identity
24
South Africa and a Purpose
52
Satyagraha
90
Hind Swaraj
116
A Great March
146
Engaging India
176
The Empire Challenged
221
Assault with Salt
301
Dream under Fire
384
Quit India
424
Rejected
496
Walk Alone
540
To Rama
573
Postscript
656
Notes
664
Glossary
708

Negotiating Repression
352

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About the author (2006)

Rajmohan Gandhi is Research Professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A former member of the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the Indian Parliament), he led the Indian delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission in 1990. His other books include Ghaffar Khan: Nonviolent Badshah of the Pakhtuns, Revenge & Reconciliation: Understanding South Asian History, and Eight Lives: A Study of the Hindu-Muslim Encounter.

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