26 November, 2020

If Truth Be Told...

Another addition to Gandhiana. But, notably, it clears misconceptions and brings out the real Mahatma from under the surface of formalised respect and awe.

If Truth Be Told...
I can’t think of another person in the history of the world about whom more is known and written about than Mahatma Gandhi: the entire corpus of Gandhiana would fill several libraries. Besides his autobiography written early in life, he wrote extensively for journals he edited, gave long interviews to mediapersons, carried on correspondence with hundreds—almost all of this has been meticulously collected and published. Many distinguished writers wrote his biographies, psychologists like Erik Erikson and Sudhir Kakar published analyses of his relationships with different women. A year or so ago, his grandson Rajmohan Gandhi published what appeared to be the definitive version of his grandsire’s life (Mohandas—A True Story of a Man, His People and an Empire). One would have thought all that could be said about the Mahatma had been said. That is not so. Now another grandson, Rajmohan’s younger brother Gopalkrishna, has come out with a massive 863-page tome on the same subject. The first question that comes to mind is: does it fill any...


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