17 June, 2021

Lengthening Shadow Of The Lifelong Quester

Accessible, humane, unsparingly critical—this is a clear-headed account of the years that made the Mahatma, with a few curious absences

Desk-Bound
Ramachandra Guha has written an excellent narrative biography, not digressing much from his subject
Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Lengthening Shadow Of The Lifelong Quester
outlookindia.com
2018-10-19T10:31:39+05:30

The Indian freedom movement did not take place on a smooth plain. Its terrain was rough, full of ups and downs and twists and turns. Many of those who travelled in that terrain were of an uncommon calibre.  Still, a great number of them stumbled and fell by the wayside. A few managed to survive and reach the destination. And Gandhi led them all. His is easily among the most extra-ordinary stories ever told and he easily the most widely known modern Indian anywhere in the world. I had been asked about him by ordinary people in countries as far away as Costa Rica. They were amazed, as Einstein rightly predicted, that such a man could really exist. Nearer home, there are a few who revile him and attribute to him diabolic qualities which, if he had been told that he had had them, would have induced a smile from him. Just a few days ago, I saw a poster carrying a huge picture of a Southern politician (with an inset of Modi) and rather triumphantly calling him the Godse of South India.

It did not elucidate which modern Gan­­dhi he was zeroing on. Seventy years after...

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