Gandhi: An autobiography by Mahatma GandhiMohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.
In a new foreword, noted peace expert and teacher Sissela Bok urges us to adopt Gandhis attitude of experimenting, of testing what will and will not bear close scrutiny, what can and cannot be adapted to new circumstances, in order to bring about change in our own lives and communities.
All royalties earned on this book are paid to the Navajivan Trust, founded by Gandhi, for use in carrying on his work.
10 Curious Controversies About Mahatma Gandhi
Whether it's respected founding fathers and presidents , beloved children's book authors and rock stars , or even sanctified religious leaders , there's not a single person without some troubling, or at least bizarre, skeletons in their closet. And because no one is without skeletons, we needn't necessarily crucify anyone, no matter how deified, over their dark side. But there's no reason to run away from investigating and attempting to understand those dark sides either. Such is the case with Mahatma Gandhi , certainly one of the most universally revered figures in modern history. With that in mind, above are 19 Gandhi facts and quotes that reveal the dark, bizarre side of the man rightfully revered for leading India to independence and serving as a beacon of hope, peace, and freedom around the world.
We get reaffirmation, however, of Gandhi's sheer presence, persistence and self-creation through self-promotion. What gets confirmed, too, is the moral ambiguity of the man who many people still revere as a saint. But Gandhi was too mesmerised by himself, despite his oft-repeated protestations that he was not a visionary and that he was "prone to many weaknesses". That is both the gall and the honesty of the man: while he acknowledged that he was frail and vain like any other man, he got away with idiosyncrasies, foolish projects, unilateral decisions and political manipulation that allowed him to exercise enormous power and influence circumventing democratic processes. Lelyveld's book, because of the revelations about the relationship that Gandhi had with the German architect Hermann Kallenbach, has already been banned in Gandhi's home state of Gujarat. In an attempt to outdo the chief minister of Gujarat, the law minister of India contemplated writing into the books a law that would make "insulting" the Mahatma an act of blasphemy. India, it seems, is finally catching up to its neighbour's uses for blasphemy.
By Greg Rodgers. The teachers at his London law school complained incessantly about his bad handwriting. Many other lesser-known facts about Gandhi have been forgotten in light of his great accomplishments. His famous hunger strikes and message of nonviolence helped to unite the country. Sadly, Gandhi was assassinated in , shortly after independence was achieved and while India was still plagued with bloodshed over new boundaries between religious groups. His wisdom and teachings are often quoted.
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Jo Rodriguez , Updated May 8, Gandhi and Kallenbach had lived together from — in South Africa. The man was notorious for sleeping with other women. In many cases, these women were either married, extremely young, or both. Girls like Manuben, his year-old grandniece, and Abha, the year-old wife of his grandnephew, slept naked beside him. On some nights, he would have both of them fully nude in his bed.