Mahatma Gandhi and His Apostles

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Yale University Press, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
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In this book, the renowned author Ved Mehta brings Gandhi to life in all his holiness and humanness, shedding light on his principles and his purposes, his ideas and his actions. Through interviewing disciples of Gandhi in five countries, Mehta reconstructs in precise detail Gandhi's daily routine, recounts the story of his life, and presents the beliefs and practices of his "apostles." Mehta's book, widely praised when it was first published in 1977, is a biographical portrait of Gandhi unlike any other.

 

"A remarkable examination of the life and work of a human being who has been extolled around the world as one of the greatest souls of all time. . . . A very readable account, dotted with sharply etched portraits."--Paul Johnson, New York Times

 

"Meticulously researched, passionately felt, elegantly written."--Max Lerner

 

"Mehta's work . . . touches much more than the personality of Gandhi, for it deals with the more general issue of the evolution and maintenance of a cultural symbol. . . . Mehta has given us a sensitive view of India and a personalized experience of the meaning of Mahatma Gandhi."--Edward S. Kayes, American Historical Review

 

"An outstanding book . . . aglow with illuminating detail."--John Grigg, The Listener

 

 

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Contents

Bapu
3
Relics and Monuments
22
Editors Biographers and Bibliographers
33
Family
47
Benefactors
56
In the Steps of the Autobiographer and His Biographers
69
Kathiawari Boy
75
Rajkot Student in England
83
Community Servant 707
107
Satyagrahi in South Africa
119
Satyagrahi in India 737
133
Constructive Worker 755
155
Martyr 767
167
The Company They Keep
177
The Constructive Programme and
214
INDEX
252

Barrister
96

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About the author (1993)

Ved Mehta, a native of Lahore, India, has been blind since childhood. He received his B.A. from Balliol College, Oxford and his M.A. from Harvard University in 1961. He has been on staff at the New Yorker magazine since 1961 and has written numerous articles on life in 20th-century India. A prolific author of more than 20 books and essay collections, Mehta's works include "Face to Face," "Walking the Indian Streets" and "Remembering Mr. Shawn's New Yorker: The Invisible Art of Editing.

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