Woman Who Knew Gandhi

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Gandhi: An Illustrated Biography
Language: en
Pages: 328
Authors: Pramod Kapoor
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-02-08 - Publisher: Roli Books Private Limited

His life and ideals remain an inspiration across the world but in reality, it was the complexity of his character that made Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi such a fascinating subject. Yet, much of the finer details of his life and intellectual growth has been obscured by the greatness of his achievements. To bring them all together in this illustrated biography is to bring alive one of the most revered figures in modern Indian history and in a way that is a departure from earlier works. Gandhi: An Illustrated Biography is an intimate study into the evolution of a mischievous, fun-loving boy, into the Mahatma. From his schooling and early marriage in Kathiawar to his first brushes with the grandeur of London; from his chance employment for a legal case in South Africa to a train ride in Pietermaritzburg that led to his first fight for equality; from a relatively unsuccessful lawyer to a globally celebrated crusader for human rights – Gandhi was that rare rebel who redefined the meaning of mass resistance for generations to come. This book is the result of intensive research and tracks Gandhi’s life through photographs sourced from across the world. The chronological text and accompanying photographs bring out his unique complexities – his failures and successes, the intimate relations he shared with his contemporaries and the difficult one he shared with his own family. This book is a labour of love and an attempt to portray Gandhi’s methods and his message for a new generation of readers.
Lives of Moral Leadership
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Robert Coles
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-09-22 - Publisher: Random House

In this rich and illuminating book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author Robert Coles creates a portrait of moral leadership--what it is, and how it is achieved--through stories of people who have led and inspired him: Robert Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Erik Erikson, a Boston bus driver, teachers in college, medical school, and elementary school, among others. Coles tells how to be a moral leader and shows how the intervention of one person can change the course of history, as well as influence the day-to-day quality of life in our homes, schools, communities, and nation. We need to "hand one another along" in life, says Coles, quoting his friend Walker Percy, and in Lives of Moral Leadership he explores how each of us can be engaged in a continual and mutual life-giving process of personal and national leadership development. Coles discusses how the actions of the American president affect the way people feel about themselves and the country, and-citing the influence of Shakespeare's Henry V on Robert Kennedy, and of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina on his own mother--explains how reading literature can motivate action and growth. The way in which moral leaders emerge today, and for all time, comes vividly to light in this brilliant book by one of America's finest teachers and writers.
India as a Model for Global Development
Language: en
Pages: 216
Authors: Mahmoud Masaeli, Rico Sneller
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-10-11 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

India is an emerging market economy, and has been more successful than most other emerging economies. Key to this success are India’s ancient legacy of consensus democracy, non-violence, multi-culturality, tolerance, secularism, and the practical simplicity of economic life inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. Also, vital to India’s present economy is the history of the country since the struggle for Independence began in 1857. India has followed a strikingly distinct route of development from other emerging economies such as South Korea, China, Malaysia, Brazil, and Mexico. While these countries concentrated on manufacturing and exports, India grounded its economy on an integrative domestic system of life. This model is marked by interesting and gradual, but constant, growth with an emphasis on services. Reforms in land-agricultural system, political governance, and financial management have led to a landmark stage of economic progress, with India’s GDP rate higher than many emerging market economies. This volume explores the reasons why India has fared better than other emerging market economies, and whether other countries can take inspiration from this model and rebuild their own countries based on their national resources, cultural heritage, and the capacity to interact globally.
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Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Daisaku Ikeda, Adolfo Perez Esquivel
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-07-29 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Human history has been marked by the great number of people born into conditions of war, violence, oppression and social exclusion. But at the same time, this history has been shaped by the long struggle for human rights and the people who have committed themselves to the practices of solidarity and nonviolence. The Power of Hope: Thoughts on Peace and Human Rights in the Third Millennium is a dialogue between two high-profile activists and thinkers who discuss the concrete ways we can shift to a world that prioritises justice and human dignity. Adolfo Pérez Esquivel - Argentinian human rights activist and winner of the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize - played a vital role in resisting military dictatorship and was arrested and tortured under the Argentine militarist government. Daisaku Ikeda is a peacebuilder, Buddhist philosopher, educator, author and poet as well as being the founding president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), the world's largest Buddhist lay organisation. Their dialogue intertwines their rich personal experiences in the struggle for human rights with wider reflections on how to make the Third Millennium the millennium of peace. The book combines rich accounts of Latin America under the brutality of the 1970s military regimes; insights from the Buddhist faith on the role of meditation for human rights activists; recognition of the crucial role of women in the practice of nonviolence; thoughts on international geopolitics and the legacies of Hiroshima; and discussion of the perilous role of globalisation in the loss of identities and ethical values.
Mohandas
Language: en
Pages: 760
Authors: Rajmohan Gandhi
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-10-09 - Publisher: Penguin UK

‘A more heroic tale has yet to be told . . . [Mohandas] is meticulously researched, written in felicitous prose and is a delight to read’—Khushwant Singh, Outlook A candid recreation of one of the most influential lives of recent times, Mohandas finally answers questions long asked about the timid youth from PBI - India’s west coast who became a century’s conscience and led his nation to liberty: What was Gandhi like in his daily life and in his closest relationships? In his face-offs with an Empire, with his own bitterly divided people, with his adversaries, his family and—his greatest confrontation—with himself? Answering these and other questions, and releasing the true Gandhi from his shroud of fame and myth, Mohandas, authored by a practised biographer who is also Gandhi’s grandson, does more than tell a story. Praise for the Book ‘Rajmohan strikes a fine balance in this comprehensive work, lacing the painstakingly detailed chronological account with just the right amount of interpretation. [His] approach goes a long way in painting a portrait of Gandhiji that is very human, plausible, and easy to identify with’ —Mukund Padmanabhan, The Hindu ‘An impeccable exercise in objectivity . . . A remarkable performance. This biography ought to be read over and over again . . . The bareness of Rajmohan’s recital of moods and events heightens the poignancy . . . Mahatma Gandhi was a votary of restraint; this book exemplifies, magnificently, such restraint. The grandfather would have approved of Rajmohan’s Mohandas’ —Ashok Mitra, Telegraph ‘A story of epic proportions . . . Gandhi’s luminous compassion, courage and humanity shine through these pages and bring light into our lives’ —Sonia Gandhi ‘The only word to describe this work is “fabulous”. Literally scores of people have written on Mahatma Gandhi . . . But . . . Mohandas will henceforth be remembered as the last word on the subject’ —M.V. Kamath, Organizer
Harilal Gandhi
Language: en
Pages: 290
Authors: Candulāla Bhagubhāī Dalāla
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007 - Publisher:

Harilal Gandhi, the eldest son of Mohandas and Kasturba Gandhi, is a mysterious, fascinating figure. Paradoxically, Harilal has also been the subject of much speculation in recent times. Chandulal Bhagubhai Dalal s life of Harilal Gandhi is the only full-length biography available on him. It reconstructs a life from letters, family records and archives of the Sabarmati Ashram, and old files of newspapers. Apart from the life of Harilal Gandhi as chronicled by Chandulal Dalal, Tridip Suhrud has included twelve appendices constituting of hitherto unpublished letters and related material. Chandulal Dalal s biography, combined with the Translator s Appendices, contains the complete published, un-published and archival material available on Harilal Gandhi.
Going Native
Language: en
Pages: 408
Authors: Thomas Weber
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-02-01 - Publisher: Roli Books Private Limited

Gandhi’s relationship with women has proved irresistibly fascinating to many, but it is surprising how little scholarly work has been undertaken on his attitudes to and relationships with women. Going Native details Gandhi’s relationship with Western women, including those who inspired him, worked with him, supported him in his political activities in South Africa, or helped shape his international image. Of particular note are those women who ‘went native’ to live with Gandhi as close friends and disciples, those who were drawn to him because of a shared interest in celibacy, those who came seeking a spiritual master, or came because of mental confusion. Some joined him because they were fixated on his person rather than because of an interest in his social programme. Through these fascinating women, we get a different insight into Gandhi, who encouraged them to come and then was often captivated, and at times exasperated, by them.
Woman Who Knew Gandhi
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Keith Heller
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-01-01 - Publisher: Turtleback Books

Based on an aside in Gandhi's autobiography, when he mentions a brief but seductive youthful flirtation with an Englishwoman, The Woman Who Knew Gandhi lovingly imagines a long correspondence between a spiritual leader from the East and an everyday woman from the West.
The Diary of Manu Gandhi
Language: en
Pages: 248
Authors: Keith Heller
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-08-20 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Manu Gandhi, M.K. Gandhi’s grand-niece, joined him in 1943 at the age of fifteen. An aide to Gandhi’s ailing wife Kasturba in the Aga Khan Palace prison in Pune, Manu remained with him until his assassination. She was a partner in his final yajna, an experiment in Brahmacharya, and his invocation of Rama at the moment of his death. Spanning two volumes, The Diary of Manu Gandhi is a record of her life and times with M.K. Gandhi between 1943 and 1948. Authenticated by Gandhi himself, the meticulous and intimate entries in the diary throw light on Gandhi’s life as a prisoner and his endeavour to establish the possibility of collective non-violence. They also offer a glimpse into his ideological conflicts, his efforts to find his voice, and his lonely pilgrimage to Noakhali during the riots of 1946. The first volume (1943–44) chronicles the spiritual and educational pursuits of an adolescent woman who takes up writing as a mode of self-examination. The author shares a moving portrait of Kasturba Gandhi’s illness and death and also unravels the deep emotional bond she develops with Gandhi, whom she calls her ‘mother’.
The Woman Who Knew Gandhi
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Keith Heller
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-01-07 - Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A housewife in postwar England gets a letter that upends her life in this “enormously satisfying” novel (Elizabeth Berg, author of The Story of Arthur Truluv). In 1948, just after Gandhi’s assassination, Martha Houghton receives a letter from the legendary man’s son, who himself lies dying of tuberculosis in Bombay. Having found a stash of her letters to his father, he asks to meet her. The request sends Martha into a tailspin, for her husband knows nothing of her lifelong friendship with Gandhi. Martha and her husband, a retired ironmonger, are suddenly forced to reevaluate their long marriage, and she must find a way to reconcile the disparate halves of her life. Moreover, their small community becomes a magnet for the press, and Martha finds her words twisted and used against her. Ultimately, she must decide whether to meet her old friend’s son on his deathbed, or to remain in England and mend the rift in her marriage. “Inspired by a line in Gandhi’s autobiography, this ‘what if’ story recreates a half-century–long friendship between the celebrated Indian pacifist and an ordinary English housewife . . . Post-WWII England and India provide an evocative backdrop as Heller explores the fragile bonds between marriage partners, friends, parents and their children, and breathes realistic life into Gandhi and his improbable paramour.” —Publishers Weekly “Illuminates little-seen corners of both history and the human heart . . . One of the most unusual love stories I have ever read.” —Julia Glass, author of Three Junes and A House Among the Trees
The Gandhi Reader
Language: en
Pages: 532
Authors: Mahatma Gandhi
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994 - Publisher: Grove Press

The Gandhi Reader collects the significant writings by and about Mahatma Gandhi, culled form 500 volumes, newspapers, and magazines. Here is Gandhi in his own words and those of his closest associates, including selections from his autobiography; descriptions of Gandhi by Romain Rollard, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rabindranath Tagore, Louis Fischer; Gandhi's letters to Roosevelt, Hitler, Chiang Kai-shek; and many of his most famous addresses.
Gandhi in His Time and Ours
Language: en
Pages: 338
Authors: David Hardiman
Categories: India
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003 - Publisher: C. HURST & CO. PUBLISHERS

Gandhi was the creator of a radical style of politics that has proved effective in fighting insidious social divisions within India and elsewhere in the world. How did this new form of politics come about? David Hardiman shows that it was based on a larger vision of an alternative society, one that emphasized mutual respect, resistance to exploitation, nonviolence, and ecological harmony.