Any conversation about modern Indian history is incomplete without the mention of Mahatama Gandhi. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a name almost synonymous to Indian Freedom Struggle, had and still has admirers across the globe. His ideologies of Swadesh and Ahimsa have made their ways everywhere, transcending the national, cultural and communal borders. On the occasion of his anniversary, we bring to some books that you can read to take a closer look at the life and legacy of Gandhi.
Mahatma Gandhi: The Father of the Nation
This book by Subhadra Sen Gupta gives an insight into the life of Gandhi, a simple man who believed in truth and non-violence. This simple read takes one along on a journey with Gandhi through his years in Indian Freedom Struggle. The books talks of Gandhi, his ideologies and his passions. Most of all, the book humanizes Gandhi for us and leaves us feeling that we know him a little more now by the end.
Gandhi: Prisoner of Hope
This book by Judith M. Brown is a biographical attempt at writing about Gandhi and his life. It uses the newly found information about Gandhi’s life and is refreshing to read. It also talks about Gandhi’s years as a barrister in South Africa and his struggle with racism there. It also delves into Gandhi’s insecurities and inner conflicts.
Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth
If you want to read about Gandhi, there’s no better person to talk about him other than himself. This autobiographical book gives you an insight of what made him the man he was. It tells you what incidents shaped his life and influenced his thoughts and ideas. It takes you on a journey from his childhood till 1921.
Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle with India
This book by Joseph Lelyved is a different take about Gandhi as it talks about his struggles while fighting for India’s freedom. The books give insight not just into his achievements but also his failures. It also tells about the disappointments he had toface through his revolutionary journey.
'Gandhi before India'
While conversations about Gandhi, for most part, revolve around his role in Indian Freedom Struggle, his life was much more than that before that chapter of his life. This book by Ramachandra Guha takes us back to his childhood days, his days in London as a students and his days in South Africa as a lawyer.