Mahatma Gandhi, Bapu, the Father of Nation, a lot has been said and written about Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who is synonymous with India’s freedom struggle.
If you look at the struggles he had to face and the way in which he lived for his countrymen despite the constant criticism that was thrown his way, it will not be less than that of a new age superhero.
A lion-hearted freedom fighter, a spirited social reformer, an astute politician and a staunch nationalist, Gandhi will forever be remembered as the one-man army for his contribution towards India’s struggle for independence and relentless efforts to bring down the British Raj.
October 2, his birthday, is observed as Gandhi Jayanti to remember his sacrifice and non-violent, peaceful fight for freedom. The day is also observed as the International Day of Non-Violence.
There is no end to the literature that covers Gandhi’s life. In view of Gandhi Jayanti 2021, here are some books every Indian should read on the Father of the Nation.
India before Gandhi
Written by historian Ramachandra Guha, the book, starting from Gandhi’s birth in 1869, tells about his childhood years, his years studying in London and the time he was practicing law in South Africa.
India after Gandhi
There is another book by Guha which comprises the history of modern India after independence, the tenure of Jawaharlal Nehru as prime minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai and the integration of Goa, debacle of 1962, efforts to integrate Kashmir, death of Gandhi and his efforts for peace during Partition.
My Experiments with Truth
In his biography, Mahatma Gandhi covers all aspects of his life right from childhood to the year 1921. The book was first written and published in Gujarati from 1925 to 1929 and later translated into English by Mahadev Desai in 1940. Undoubtedly, the book is an honest account of his early life, ideologies, his mistakes and the lessons he learned from them.
Gandhi: The years that changed the world (1914-1948)
Another book by Ramachandra Guha tells the story of Gandhi’s life – from his departure from South Africa to his death. The seminal years that saw how a barrister turned into a campaigner-activist with a strong moral compass.
Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World
Written by Louis Fischer, the book gives a glimpse of Mahatma Gandhi’s personality and how he shaped the freedom struggle. This biography of Mahatma Gandhi became the basis for the Academy award-winning film on Gandhi by Richard Attenborough.
The Good Boatman
Rajmohan Gandhi, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, wrote this book in which he tries to look into Gandhi’s philosophy of success.
In this book, Rajmohan thoroughly discusses Mahatma Gandhi’s unsuccessful attempts to keep India united, his attitude towards caste and untouchability, his controversial experiments with chastity and views on God, truth and non-violence.
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