Top 10 Must Read Books About Mahatma Gandhi

Books on Gandhi!! Haven't we read enough of him in our History BOOKS?? Of course, we have, but only the Good and the Polished version of Mahatma Gandhi. There is still so many days and events that are knowing omitted in Our Highly Respected History Books. The Indian Freedom Struggle has seen so many warriors from different lands. Before conducting, Gandhiji as the FATHER Of the Nation, I think one must fully know about him.

Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) was one of the most important and influential social and religious reformers of the past century, spending his life striving for justice, peace and equality among countries, races and classes. His ideas and ideals have inspired generations of activists from Martin Luther King Jr. to Vaclav Have and acted as catalysts for change in every corner of the globe. Let's know more about Mahatma Gandhi in this Post...

Here we have brought a list of Must-Read Books on Gandhi. These Books will tell you stories that Our History Books failed to tell us.

Books About Gandhi Everyone Must Read:

1. An Autobiography-The Story Of My Experiments With Truth, by M. K. Gandhi

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“The Story of My Experiments with Truth”, is a window to the workings of Mahatma Gandhi’s mind – a window to the emotions of his heart – a window to understanding what drove this seemingly ordinary man to the heights of being the father of a nation – India.
Starting with his days as a boy, Gandhi takes one through his trials and turmoils and situations that moulded his philosophy of life – going through child marriage, his studies in England, practising Law in South Africa – and his Satyagraha there – to the early beginnings of the Independence movement in India. He did not aim to write an autobiography but rather share the experience of his various experiments with truth to arrive at what he perceived as Absolute Truth – the ideal of his struggle against racism, violence and colonialism.

2.Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule, by M. K. Gandhi

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Mohandas Gandhi wrote this book while he was travelling from London to South Africa. In this book, Gandhi gives a diagnosis of the problems of humanity in modern times, the causes and the remedy. (This is the translation book of Hind Swaraj Hindi)

3. Key To Health, by M. K. Gandhi

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4.Bhagavad Geeta According To Gandhi by: Mahatma Gandhi

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Unlike other interpretations, Gandhi's commentary is direct and to the point, not offering an opinion on the meaning of the text, but fleshing out the message, often relating it to his own extraordinary experiences. It is not a manual of dos and don'ts; rather it is a guide to the challenges we all face in our lives. It expounds the profound idea that nothing done in the path of truth is ever lost; there is no harm, no fear in following it.

5. Why I Assassinated Mahatma Gandhi. - By Godse (Highly Recommended)

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The book contains the original statement given by Nathuram Godse (Assassin of Mahatma Gandhi). The writer is the real brother of Nathuram Godse himself and narrates his accounts of all the events and takes us through the day of assassination till the day Nathuram Godse was hanged. The writer also puts forward crucial accounts of public and political opinions and reactions which were stirred up by assassination itself and also by Nathuram Godse's official statement to the court.

 Books On Gandhi By Other Authors :

6. The Life of Mahatma by Louis Fischer

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One of the BEST Biographies on Mahatma Gandhi. The Author Louis Fischer has amazingly brought the life of Bapu to us. Anyone who had a bad option on him would love him for the wonderful deeds he had done in his life. The author has managed not to miss any areas of Gandhi which was the best. A highly recommended read for all.

About the Author: Louis Fischer's memorable biography of Mahatma Gandhi, the man who led the fight for Indian Independence from British rule, is reissued in time for the 50th anniversary of both India's independence and Gandhi's assassination by a Hindu fanatic only a few months after freedom from colonial rule was won. Fischer was an American journalist who knew Gandhi well and understood his unique strategy of satyagraha, or passive resistance, which earned him the admiration of millions throughout the world.

7. Mahatma Gandhi: His Life and Ideas by Charles F.Andrews and Arun Gandhi

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Mahatma Gandhi: His Life and Ideas uses letters, personal reminiscences and excerpts from Gandhi's many published and private writings to paint a vivid and accessible portrait of the personality and spirit of one of the most prominent figures in Indian and world history.

About the Author: Charles F. Andrews (1871-1940) was a close friend of both Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore. An Anglican clergyperson, he was the only person to call Gandhi by the nickname "Mohan," and was considered by Gandhi himself to be the highest living representative of Christianity.

8. Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha 

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Deeply researched and beautifully written, this book will radically alter our understanding and appreciation of modern India’s greatest man.
In 1893, when Mohandas Gandhi set sail for South Africa, he was a briefless lawyer who had failed to establish himself in India. In this remarkable biography, Ramachandra Guha argues that the two decades that Gandhi spent in the diaspora were the making of the Mahatma. It was here that he forged the philosophy and techniques that would ultimately destroy the British Empire.

Based on archival research in four continents, this book explores Gandhi’s experiments with dissident cults, his friendships and enmities and his failures as a husband and father. Gandhi before India tells the dramatic story of how he mobilized a cross-class and inter-religious coalition pledged to non-violence in the battle against a racist regime.

About the Author: Ramachandra Guha has taught at Yale and Stanford universities, the University of Oslo, the Indian Institute of Science, and the London School of Economics. His books include a pioneering environmental history, an award-winning social history of cricket, and the award-winning India After Gandhi.

9. Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle with India by Joseph Lelyveld

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A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointments—his success in seizing India’s imagination and shaping its independence struggle as a mass movement, his recognition late in life that few of his followers paid more than lip service to his ambitious goals of social justice for the country’s minorities, outcasts, and rural poor.
Here is a vital, brilliant reconsideration of Gandhi’s extraordinary struggles on two continents, of his fierce but, finally, unfulfilled hopes, and of his ever-evolving legacy, which more than six decades after his death still ensures his place as India’s social conscience—and not just India’s.

About the Author: Joseph Lelyveld’s interest in Gandhi dates back to tours in India and South Africa as a correspondent for The New York Times, where he worked for nearly four decades, ending up as executive editor from 1994 to 2001. His book on apartheid, Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White, won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. He is also the author of Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop. He lives in New York.

10. Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World By Ramachandra Guha 

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This magnificent book tells the story of Gandhi's life from his departure from South Africa to his dramatic assassination in 1948. It has a Tolstoyan sweep, showing us Gandhi as he was understood by his contemporaries, with new readings of his arguments with (among others) Ambedkar, Jinnah, and Churchill, and new insights on our freedom movement and its many strands. Drawing on never-before-seen sources and animated by its author's wonderful sense of drama and politics, Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World is the most ambitious book on the father of the nation.

Thus these are the Top Must READ Books about Mahatma Gandhiji - He inspired and enraged, challenged and delighted millions of men and women around the world. We Hope You will find these books Interesting and engaging. Know the Life of Mahatma "Father of The Nation"

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