The Oxford India  -  Gandhi :  Essential Writings

The Oxford India - Gandhi : Essential Writings

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Author: Gopalkrishna Gandhi
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Gopalkrishna Gandhi
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 848
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195692527


The Oxford India Gandhi looks beyond the plaster-cast image of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Mahatma. Gandhi’s autobiography ends in the late 1920s, several historic years before his assassination in 1948.

This book seeks to fill the void left by Gandhi himself. Edited by Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the book tells Gandhi’s story in his own words—the story of his life as he himself might have narrated it to a grandchild.

Through speeches and articles, and also the more informal diary entries, letters, and conversations the writings unfold chronologically unexplored facets of Gandhi’s evolving world view, his responses to persons and events, relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. The result is a collection that manages to look beyond the oft-repeated details—into the little things that almost always went unnoticed.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s general and part introductions locate the writings in their proper context, while the detailed Notes provide a wealth of additional information for interested readers and explain the relevance of selected entries. The photographs that preface each part vivify a life that roused a million hearts and spearheaded one of the greatest marches to freedom ever witnessed in human history.

The Oxford India Gandhi offers a look into the personal life of one of the subcontinent’s most public figures of all time. Part of Oxford University Press’s prestigious ‘Oxford India Collection’, the book is as much for those who know Gandhi, including students and scholars of Indian history and culture, as for young readers encountering the Mahatma for the first time.


‘The fascination of the book is that it reads like an informal biography with the voice of the subject intervening. … There are striking and occasionally startlingly candid pointers to why Gandhi took certain decisions or acted in a particular way both in private and public matters.’
-Romila Thapar, Emeritus Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University

‘On many points there would doubtless be room for one to disagree with Gandhiji, and one merit of Shri Gopalkrishna’s selection is that he does not brush under the carpet what one could still (respectfully) hold to be the eccentricities of a very great man.’
— Irfan Habib, Professor of History (retd.), Aligarh Muslim University