The Good Boatman: A Portrait of Gandhi

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Viking, 1995 - India - 494 pages
A new and illuminating portrait of one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has been the subject of over a dozen well-regarded biographies. Yet key aspects of the man still prove elusive. In this book, Rajmohan Gandhi, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and an acclaimed biographer and scholar, attempts to understand the phenomenon that was Gandhi. This he does by examining in detail dominant and varied themes of Gandhiŭs lifeŭhis unsuccessful bid to keep India united, his attitude towards caste and untouchability; his relationship with those whose empire he challenged; his controversial experiments with chastity; his views on God, truth and non-violence; and his selection of heirs to lead a new-born nation. For a generation growing up on images of a simplified Father of the Nation and apostle of non-violence frozen in statues or reduced to a few predictable strokes of an artistŭs pen, this biography offers a rewarding insight into the man, his victories and his defeats.

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The grandson of Gandhi writes what is possibly the best biography of India's iconic saint politician. Rajmohan paints Gandhi as a human figure with extraordinary achievements who despite his flaws changed the course of history. If you want to learn more about Gandhi, this is the place to start. 


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