Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the great man who fought for the freedom of India by non-violence, is popularly referred to as Mahatma- meaning a great soul. The title of Mahatma was conferred on him by Rabindranath Tagore, of which it is said that he was not comfortable with. He has been the most distinct and unusual leader ever to walk on the face of the earth. He followed and spread the ideals of fasting or satyagraha, non-violence or ahimsa and simplicity among his followers. The man, who had made the whole country respond to his call, has been much talked and written about. For those people who would like to know more about the life of Mahatma Gandhi, here is the list of 7 best books which would provide you enough information from different sources.
7. Mahatma Gandhi the Father of the Nation:
Author: Subhadra Sen Gupta
Subhadra Sen Gupta has caught the important threads from the life and legacy of the exceptional and unparalleled leader to weave a fabric of vivid colors. She gives us a glimpse of the simple man who wove clothes, ate salt less vegetable and walked 240 miles from Sabramati Ashram to Dandi to break the salt law. She talks about his passion for truth and peace. Though the world has changed a lot from the time of Gandhi, his life and ideals are still quite relevant to today’s generation.
6. The Life of Mahatma Gandhi:
Author: Louis Fischer
In the minor biographic book ‘The Life of Mahatma Gandhi’ the author Louis Fischer talks about how Gandhi led the whole nation on its epic journey of struggle for freedom. Louis Fischer was a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi, in addition to being a genius historian. He gives us a glimpse of the shrewd and unique strategies employed by Gandhi to bring about the independence of India. He evaluates as to what made Gandhi an inspiring soul for the whole world. The award winning motion picture ‘Gandhi’ by Richard Attenborough is based on this book.
5. Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle with India:
Author: Joseph Lelyveld
Pulitzer prize winning writer for General Non-fiction, Joseph Lelyveld has come up with a moving book on the struggle Mahatma Gandhi faced when fighting for the freedom of people in two different continents. He gives us insight into both the achievements and failures faced by Gandhi. He talks about the disappointments faced by the great soul following his fierce struggle to bring about social change.
4. Mahatma Gandhi: His Life and Ideas:
Author: Charles F. Andrews and Arun Gandhi
The authors of ‘Mahatma Gandhi: His Life and Ideas’ have tried to bring out a warm and personal biography of the great social and religious reformer who changed introduced non-violence to fight the oppressors. Though we take the ideal of non-violence very lightly, for Gandhi Ahimsa meant much more to him. Even under harsh situations, Gandhi did not deviate from his ideals. He promoted peace, equality among humans and showed love and compassion to all. If you are interested to know about the beliefs of Gandhi, than this is the perfect book for you.
3. Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World:
Author: Louis Fischer
Written by a great historian who was a close friend of Gandhi, this book tells the extraordinary story of how the indomitable of the man with a mission changed the destiny of India. A man hailing from middle class family rose to be one of the most powerful leaders the world has seen to triumph over the tyranny of colonial rule. Though Louis Fischer loved Gandhi, he has not tried to meddle with facts or to glorify the leader. This is an unbiased account of the lifestyle and message Gandhi has left for the world.
2. Gandhi: Prisoner of Hope:
Author: Judith M. Brown
Author Judith Brown has included the recently available information to write the definitive biography of Gandhi. The book gives us a new and surprising view of Gandhi’s life where she presents him as powerful man with his own weaknesses. The author also delves deeply into his career as a lawyer in South Africa from 1893 to 1914 and about his struggle against racism in South Africa. Judith Brown writes in length about the inner conflicts faced by Gandhi and his response to the socio-political conflicts.
1. Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth:
Author: M.K. Gandhi
When it comes to books written about Gandhi, nothing beats his classic autobiography ‘The Story of My Experiments With Truth’. Gandhi recounts the incidences of his life which shaped his beliefs and developed his concept of non-violent resistant to the tyranny of colonial rule. The book covers the life of Gandhi from his childhood through to 1921.