Gandhi before India
Random House Publishers India Pvt. Limited, Nov 9, 2016 - Literary Collections - 706 pages
In 1893, when Mohandas Gandhi set sail for South Africa, he was a briefless lawyer who had failed to establish himself in India. In this remarkable biography, Ramachandra Guha argues that the two decades that Gandhi spent in the diaspora were the making of the Mahatma. It was here that he forged the philosophy and techniques that would ultimately destroy the British Empire. Based on archival research in four continents, this book explores Gandhi’s experiments with dissident cults, his friendships and enmities, and his failures as a husband and father. Gandhi before India tells the dramatic story of how he mobilized a cross-class and inter-religious coalition pledged to non-violence in the battle against a racist regime. Deeply researched and beautifully written, this book will radically alter our understanding and appreciation of modern India’s greatest man.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Dilip-Kumar - LibraryThing
A brilliant account of Gandhi's early years in South Africa, where he developed his political thinking and forged his tools for fighting for civil rights. We in the subcontinent are generally not well ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sriram_shankar - LibraryThing
As an Indian, I must confess I thought I knew all there was to know about Gandhi. His childhood in Gujarat (insert some "I will not lie" stories) at school, followed by a stint as a lawyer in South ... Read full review