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his vision was direct and this directness was and is revolutionary He sees exactly what the visitor sees; he does not ignore the obvious He sees the beggars and the shameless pundits and the filth of Banaras; he sees the atrocious sanitary habits of doctors lawyers and journalists He sees the Indian callousness the Indian refusal to see Why for instance was Gandhi so obsessed with human waste?This is Naipaul's explanationIt is a correct emphasis for than a problem of sanitation is involved It is possible starting from that casual defecation in a veranda at an important assembly to analyse the whole diseased society Sanitation was linked to caste caste to callousness inefficiency and a hopelessly divided country division to weakness weakness to foreign rule This is what Gandhi saw and no one purely of India could have seen itNo Indian attitude escapes him no Indian problem; he looks down to the roots of the static decayed societyAnd the picture of India which comes out of his writings and exhortations over than thirty years still holds today this is the measure of his failure and ours The Black Ice Score (Parker, un coffret de CD d'Alice Cooper sorti en Ces CD comprennent des titres provenant de tous les albums studio raliss jusu'alors prsentes The Black Painting uniuement en face B des chansons non dites et d'autres rarets Titres Disue Note ses dbuts le groupe s'appelait The Spiders puis The Nazz pour enfin prendre le nom d'Alice Cooper Buddhism The life of the Buddha | Britannica Buddhism Buddhism The life of the Buddha The teacher known as the Buddha lived in northern India sometime between the mid th and the mid th centuries before the Common Era In ancient India the title buddha referred to an enlightened being who has a Gandhi The ObserverTo change something you love is the hardest It reuires you to set aside your love for the thing and be objective Real change cannot be imagined otherwise My favourite description of Gandhiji’s Fire and Desire uniueness of vision comes from NaipaulNaipaul says that Gandhi saw India like no other he observed critically with an impartial almost colonial eye And then he acted on them And this is what made his vision of India so revolutionary He The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox uestioned things that were taken for granted things that were assimilated into our Idea of IndiaMohandas Gandhi Mahatma great souled father of the nation deified his name given to streets and parks and suares honoured everywhere by statues his portrait garlanded in every pan shop hung in hundreds of offices bare chested bespectacled radiating light and goodness his likeness so familiar that simplified to caricature and picked out in electric lights it is now an accepted part of the decorations of a wedding house he is nevertheless the least Indian of Indian leadersHe looked at India as no Indian was able to; his vision was direct and this directness was and is revolutionary He sees exactly what the visitor sees; he does not ignore the obvious He sees the beggars and the shameless pundits and the filth of Banaras; he sees the atrocious sanitary habits of doctors lawyers and journalists He sees the Indian callousness the Indian refusal to see Why for instance was Gandhi so obsessed with human waste?This is Naipaul's explanationIt is a correct emphasis for than a problem of sanitation is involved It is possible starting from that casual defecation in a veranda at an important assembly to analyse the whole diseased society Sanitation was linked to caste caste to callousness inefficiency and a hopelessly divided country division to weakness weakness to foreign rule This is what Gandhi saw and no one purely of India could have seen itNo Indian attitude escapes him no Indian problem; he looks down to the roots of the static decayed societyAnd the picture of India which comes out of his writings and exhortations over than thirty years still holds today this is the measure of his failure and ours

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Before I read this book I knew next to nothing about him Only that he had strange diet practices “Many such experiments taught me that the real seat of taste was not in the tongue but in the mind” was obsessed with spinning and that he loved peace and India “Prejudice cannot be removed by legislationThey yield only to patient toil and education” This book spans his entire life from his birth in 1869 to his schooling in England and time spent in South Africa his many years in India and finally his death in 1948 He did a great many things for his country for their eventual independence from Great Britain and most especially for the poorest among them Even though this book deals very strongly with Gandhi’s philosophies the history of his life being secondary I still saw the underlying weakness of the man and his deep sense to overcome it through his diet; through his fasting to make a point; through his celibacy Through sheer will he was able to overcome many obstacles but he was not perfect A foreigner once asked him “How is your family?” “All of India is my family” Gandhi replied Great men often make poor husbands and fathers He was no exception but by the end of this book I couldn’t help but forgive the man his faults India may still have been under British rule today if not for his influence one hundred years ago Can any person no matter how small and meek change a nation? By the end of this book I felt that yes they can With all that's going on in the world today I long for another Gandhi to reappear No one seems willing to take up the mantle again At least not yet The Illusionists un film ralis par Gurinder Chadha avec Viveik Kalra Kulvinder Ghir Synopsis Angleterre Javed adolescent d’origine pakistanaise grandit Luton Planet of the Bugs une petite Association construire Fishes of the Open Ocean un puits d'eau potable LIFE ONG LIFE vous informe Out of Bounds (Boundaries, uotidiennement sur facebook instagram twitter via le blog etc sur l'utilisation des fonds Grass, Sky, Song ue vous nous confiez Tous les moyens sont bons pour vous rapprocher au plus prt de votre don Notre socit reverse Men and women and children knew or felt that when Gandhi fell by the assassin’s three bullets the conscience of mankind had been left without a spokesman Louis Fischer clearly loved Mahatma Gandhi An entire nation loved him How could such a tiny little man impress the world in such a way? Before I read this book I knew next to nothing about him Only that he had strange diet practices “Many such experiments taught me that the real seat of taste was not in the tongue but in the mind” was obsessed with spinning and that he loved peace and India “Prejudice cannot be removed by legislationThey yield only to patient toil and education” This book spans his entire life from his birth in 1869 to his schooling in England and time spent in South Africa his many years in India and finally his death in 1948 He did a great many things for his country for their eventual independence from Great Britain and most especially for the poorest among them Even though this book deals very strongly with Gandhi’s philosophies the history of his life being secondary I still saw the Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos underlying weakness of the man and his deep sense to overcome it through his diet; through his fasting to make a point; through his celibacy Through sheer will he was able to overcome many obstacles but he was not perfect A foreigner once asked him “How is your family?” “All of India is my family” Gandhi replied Great men often make poor husbands and fathers He was no exception but by the end of this book I couldn’t help but forgive the man his faults India may still have been The Illusionists under British rule today if not for his influence one hundred years ago Can any person no matter how small and meek change a nation? By the end of this book I felt that yes they can With all that's going on in the world today I long for another Gandhi to reappear No one seems willing to take O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, up the mantle again At least not yet


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  1. says:

    Gandhi The ObserverTo change something you love is the hardest It reuires you to set aside your love for the thing and be objective Real change cannot be imagined otherwise My favourite description of Gandhiji’s uniueness of vision comes from NaipaulNaipaul says that Gandhi saw India like no other he observed critically with an impartial almost colonial eye And then he acted on them And this is what made his vision of India so revolutionary He uestioned things that were taken for granted things that were assimilated into our Idea of IndiaMohandas Gandhi Mahatma great souled father of the nation deified his name given to streets and parks and suares honoured everywhere by statues his portrait garlanded in every pan shop hung in hundreds of offices bare chested bespectacled radiating light and goodness his likeness so familiar that simplified to caricature and picked out in electric lights it is now an accepted part of the decorations of a wedding house he is nevertheless the least Indian of Indian leadersHe looked at India as no Indian was able to; his vision was direct and this directness was and is revolutionary He sees exactly what the visitor sees; he does not ignore the obvious He sees the beggars and the shameless pundits and the filth of Banaras; he sees the atrocious sanitary habits of doctors lawyers and journalists He sees the Indian callousness the Indian refusal to see Why for instance was Gandhi so obsessed with human waste?This is Naipaul's explanationIt is a correct emphasis for than a problem of sanitation is involved It is possible starting from that casual defecation in a veranda at an important assembly to analyse the whole diseased society Sanitation was linked to caste caste to callousness inefficiency and a hopelessly divided country division to weakness weakness to foreign rule This is what Gandhi saw and no one purely of India could have seen itNo Indian attitude escapes him no Indian problem; he looks down to the roots of the static decayed societyAnd the picture of India which comes out of his writings and exhortations over than thirty years still holds today this is the measure of his failure and ours


  2. says:

    I just finished reading ‘The Life of Mahatma Gandhi’ by Louis Fischer and one word that can describe my feeling at the moment is awe We were taught in school about India’s history about our freedom struggle about our fearless leaders and their countless sacrifices We studied the contributions of leaders like Gandhi Nehru Patel Ambedkar Lajpat Rai et al to our struggle for independence but as we grow up and become enmeshed in the humdrum of our daily activities these names begin to have diminishing relevance in our livesSo what brought me a humble fiction reader to pick up a 526 pager non fiction account of the life of MK Gandhi authored by a foreign journalist? To begin with it was a debate with my friends about Gandhi which started with the discussion about Nathuram Godse the man who shot Gandhi on 30th January 1948 Was Gandhi a saint or an evil genius? Was he a soft hearted democrat or a dictator with a soft touch? Was he responsible for the partition of India or was he heart broken over the vivisection of his beloved nation that he struggled so hard to keep unified? Was he a saviour of the backward classes or did he strive to keep them suppressed? These were some of the debatable points that came up Even the biggest detractors of Gandhi among my friends reluctantly admitted that Gandhi “was not a bad man per se”My mind was made up I couldn’t participate in a debate effectively unless I was well euipped with the facts I needed an objective neutral biography on Gandhi Louis Fischer was a journalist who worked in Europe and Asia He spent considerable time in pre independence India hobnobbing with prominent Indian leaders not only Congressmen but also Muslim League leaders like Jinnah I am happy to report that I was not in the least disappointed The biography presents an unbiased objective narrative of the life of Gandhi The facts are presented to the reader allowing her to draw her own conclusions The same action of Gandhi may appear genius to one reader while leaving another reader unimpressed It is an excellent book for anybody interested in Indian history To understand the psyche of the Indian society today it is imperative to understand how it all began I give a five star rating to this book And here I list down some of the facts presented in the book that have left an indelible impression on my mind1 Mahatma Gandhi died on 30th January 1948 as a private citizen without wealth property official title official post academic distinction scientific achievement or artistic gift Yet men with governments and armies behind the paid homage to the little brown man of seventy eight in a loincloth Some of the people who paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi included Albert Einstein Pope Pius the Dalai Lama of Tibet the chief Rabbi of London the United Nations the Soviet Union and the people of India and millions of people all over the world2 The Gita was Gandhi’s ‘spiritual reference book’ his daily guide It condemned inaction and Gandhi condemned inaction More importantly it shows how to avoid the evils that accompany action; this Gandhi asserted is the central teaching of the Gita Gandhi’s interpretation of the Gita was thus The Gita is an allegory The battlefield is the human soul where Arjuna representing higher impulses struggles against evil ‘Krishna’ according to Gandhi ‘is the Dweller within ever whispering to a pure heart The Gita described the duel that perpetually went on in the hearts of mankind’ Gandhi strived throughout his life to achieve detachment and become a Karma Yogi In tough times instead of becoming disheartened or angry he turned the light towards his inner self exploring his own shortcomings He never accused or criticized others; he endeavoured to look inwards to find solutions to his problems In today’s age of politicians who bicker and crib who point fingers at others at every possible opportunity do we have a single leader who comes close to Gandhi?3 History is abundantly sprinkled with examples of the times when Gandhi insisted on travelling by third class train sweating and rubbing shoulders with the masses even when he could afford first class travel He continued to do so even at the height of his popularity He wanted to be treated like the common man How could he travel by first class when millions in the country were starving and living in unhealthy conditions? How many Indian politicians of today can even conceptualize such sacrifices? Other examples of self abnegation included living and working in heat when he could have lived in comfort walking several miles under the unrelenting Indian sun working manually with his hands and encouraging his family and friends to do likewise denying his frail old body food water and medical treatment while fasting for his various causes non violence being the most prominent one 4 Gandhi arrived in South Africa in May 1893 He went there on business to win a law suit When Indians in South Africa were faced with a legislation depriving them of their right to elect members of the legislature Gandhi consented to stay a month to help resist the move He ended up spending 20 years fighting for the rights of Indians in South Africa He won As a result of his mass civil disobedience movement Hindu Muslim and Parsi marriages were declared valid which were earlier declared invalid by the government to check immigration the tax on indentured labourers most of them Indian was abolished and indentured labour influx from India was stopped While individuals in several continents have practised passive resistance nobody except Gandhi has ever led a successful non violent mass civil disobedience campaign5 Gandhi was his own greatest critic He accepted his faults his mistakes publicly He never chastised anybody else as publicly or severely Just the way he was harshest with himself his severity of conduct extended to those closest to him – his family When Gandhi left South Africa for India in 1901 the Indian community in South Africa gave him and his wife expensive gifts and jewellery He set up a community fund for Indians in South Africa and donated all the gifts including the gold necklace given to Kasturbai to the fund He was extremely critical about the faults of his sons; nobody was given special treatment because of being related to Gandhi6 Gandhi’s ashram in Admedabad housed many people apart from his family When an untouchable family came to his ashram and asked to become permanent members he welcomed them Everybody else objected He insisted that the family stays at the ashram He even adopted the daughter Lakshmi as his own Gandhi said “I do not want to be reborn but if I have to be reborn I should be reborn an untouchable so that I may share their sorrows sufferings and the affronts levelled against them in order that I may endeavour to free myself and them from their miserable condition” He took to cleaning the lavatories of the ashram His disciples voluntarily joined him Gandhi began calling them ‘Harijans’ Children of God and later named his weekly magazine after them Once a leper came to the ashram Everyone was scared to go near him for fear of contamination Gandhi welcomed him and even gave him a massage7 Indian people worshipped Gandhi When the train he was travelling in passed by towns and villages people gathered in large numbers to see him and wave to him The trains were delayed They kissed the dust under his feet They followed his call for passive resistance At a protest hundreds of people walked in without resistance to protest Policemen charged the protestors with rods on their heads but not one person lifted a hand to defend himselfherself Many were admitted to the hospital with severe skull injuries and a few died This was the extent of influence Gandhi had on the masses 8 Gandhi was vehemently opposed to the partition of India He was opposed to vivisection of any kind based on considerations of religion caste or creed The Muslim League lead by Jinnah wanted nothing less than Pakistan The non Muslim minority in north west Pakistan was close to 38% and in the north eastern area now Bangladesh was 48% These figures show claimed the Cabinet Mission that partition would not solve the communal minority problems Jinnah also wanted Punjab Bengal and Assam to be included in Pakistan but these areas had a large non Muslim population The Cabinet Mission advised a united India Unable to have its way the Muslim League under Jinnah declared 16th August 1946 as Direct Action Day Savage riots broke out all over the country Jinnah’s threat of a civil war forced the Congress to accept the proposal of partition Gandhi was opposed to the decision as he was against division of any kind9 When the communal riots broke out between Hindus and Muslims after partition in 1947 Gandhi went to Calcutta where the situation was the worst He fasted and promised to continue his fast until people gave up the madness He succeeded The riots subsided After that he went to Delhi where Muslims were being slaughtered by Hindus and Sikhs Similar riots were taking place in Pakistan where Hindus and Sikhs were being butchered He appealed to Hindus and Sikhs to not answer violence by violence to allow Muslims to return to their houses As he was harshest with himself and those close to him he was severest with Hindus To bring about unity and tolerance between different religions he often read verses from the Koran during his evening prayers Fanatic Hindus called him a Muslim lover Fanatic Muslims accused him of opposing partition Towards the end of his life 95% of his mail was hate mail Once somebody asked him “If there is one God should there be only one religion?” Gandhi answered “A tree has a million leaves There are many religions but all are rooted in the same God” Gandhi was responsible for stemming riots that broke out after partition If it wasn’t for him many innocent people would have lost their lives 10 Hindus like Madan Lal who had tried to assassinate Gandhi by throwing a grenade and Nathuram Godse were incensed by the presence of Muslims at Hindu services and the reading of selections from the Koran They resented Gandhi for criticising Hindus for indulging in rioting Godse shot Gandhi at close range just before the evening prayers on 30th January 1948 Gandhi fell and died murmuring ‘Hey Ram’


  3. says:

    As I turned the last page of Gandhi His Life and Message for the World I felt like I should say to it “It’s not you It’s me” The fact is I had a hard time reading this book This is one of those books that is better than my rating would indicate My own personal issues prevented me from fully enjoying the bookMore than anything else I think my problems stem from Louis Fischer’s writing style not from his subject matter Perhaps biography writing styles were different in 1954 when this was written The current style tends to be journalistic in which authors inject as little of their own opinions as possible preferring to let the facts speak for themselves Fischer on the other hand doesn’t hesitate to say things like “Gandhi was the greatest individual of the twentieth century if not of twenty centuries” p88I can’t help but roll my eyes at hyperbole like that Fischer does realize that Jesus is a product of the past twenty centuries doesn’t he? I don’t begrudge Fischer his obvious admiration for a very great man but his constant gushing became a little tediousI also felt that the book would have been better titled simply Gandhi His Message for the World Fischer does an excellent job of expounding on Gandhi’s philosophies to the point where dates and milestones are swept away by the force of Gandhi’s spiritual message It would be difficult to make a timeline of the events in Gandhi’s life especially personal ones like the birth of children based on this book Often while reading the book I would find this lack of concrete details disorienting I realized that I as a reader need those sorts of particulars to tether me to a storyAre any of these real problems? No So Fischer tends to get excited about his subject So the message overwhelms Gandhi’s personal story Gandhi would no doubt approve of that In spite of these personal stumbling blocks Gandhi’s message of love and acceptance comes through loud and clear


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    Gandhi was a hero of my first teacher my mother and in reading this book I now see that much of how she strove to raise me came from his example and teaching I read a biography of the Gandhi of the Frontier Badshah Khan two days ago and bought this book last night and read it in its entirety today because the example of the Muslim Pashtun leader who created a non violent uniformed army of 100000 Pashtun and his love and respect for Gandhi touched me deeply As a Muslim who is tired of the senseless and futile cycles of violence that I see unfolding between Muslims and others today as someone who has lived in the Middle East I found the example of Gandhi's life and the life of the Muslims like Badshah Khan and others to be an amazing and timely inspiration their examples need to be studied and taught today as the ongoing cycles of violence spiral on and on and so much blood and treasure are spent in war while they could be used to uplift and honor humanityIf you have never read a biography on Gandhi readIf you have read a biography on Gandhi reflect upon the lessonseven Malcolm X may God have mercy upon his noble soul respected Gandhi


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    I would like to avoid making this a review of Gandhi rather than of a book about Gandhi but for the best possible reasons that is hard to do The author knew Mohandas Gandhi personally visited him repeatedly and so far as I can ascertain reflected his philosophy in this moving account as faithfully as still water The book in reading seems to melt seamlessly into the Mahatma as if you were at his feet There are three or five men whom I would call the greatest of the last century Gandhi Mandela and Churchill plus perhaps Hitler and Stalin for their negative impact and this book touches on the lives of four only one of whom comes out a saint It is odd to read of a saint of non violent change at such a time as at the time of writing someone close to me has met death uite probably through violence and I am struggling with the ferocity of a vengeful inner demon Gandhi and his philosophy transmitted through Louis's prose have a hand on my shoulder and it comforts meGandhi was not born a saint He had little patience for meretricious consistency and his morality grew and matured to become the Mahatma whose gentleness pried the grip of the British talon loose He ate meat as a young man He was impatient and demanding with his young wife although she stayed with him for decades while repudiating child marriages He possessed towering certainty and sometimes naivety a combination which conspired to make him great but must also have made him trying He was curiously loyal to the British Empire and characteristically did not condemn us British even when he abandond that faith He had a faith in human nature which ultimately betrayed him in the orgy of bloodletting which accompanied partition and in the persistence of untouchability And eventually his faith met the ultimate betrayal at the hands of a lone deranged killer who felt only rage at Gandhi's expression of love for his brothers India's muslims The saint departed; humanity lowered its flagFischer examines Gandhi's love and does not agree with all that he finds but explains its power with elouence A world with a few Gandhis might be a paradise However One cannot forgive his exhortation for European Jews to submit to the Nazi knife and thus win honour and dignity Most did exactly this and it led to their eradication This cannot one feels be the way and Fischer appears to agree Gandhi himself admitted that non violence cannot sway the policy of the totalitarian state but he believed in it anyway as he saw rewards in subseuent lives My secular soul cannot accommodate this as it knows no afterlife and sees only the waste of this life but it cannot deny the power of the moral message Gandhi the better Christian than any Christian And face to face with an Empire he prevailedThis is the most moving biography I have read to date and masterfully written If I could do the John Wayne accent I would finish Truly this man is the Son of God


  6. says:

    Men and women and children knew or felt that when Gandhi fell by the assassin’s three bullets the conscience of mankind had been left without a spokesman Louis Fischer clearly loved Mahatma Gandhi An entire nation loved him How could such a tiny little man impress the world in such a way? Before I read this book I knew next to nothing about him Only that he had strange diet practices “Many such experiments taught me that the real seat of taste was not in the tongue but in the mind” was obsessed with spinning and that he loved peace and India “Prejudice cannot be removed by legislationThey yield only to patient toil and education” This book spans his entire life from his birth in 1869 to his schooling in England and time spent in South Africa his many years in India and finally his death in 1948 He did a great many things for his country for their eventual independence from Great Britain and most especially for the poorest among them Even though this book deals very strongly with Gandhi’s philosophies the history of his life being secondary I still saw the underlying weakness of the man and his deep sense to overcome it through his diet; through his fasting to make a point; through his celibacy Through sheer will he was able to overcome many obstacles but he was not perfect A foreigner once asked him “How is your family?” “All of India is my family” Gandhi replied Great men often make poor husbands and fathers He was no exception but by the end of this book I couldn’t help but forgive the man his faults India may still have been under British rule today if not for his influence one hundred years ago Can any person no matter how small and meek change a nation? By the end of this book I felt that yes they can With all that's going on in the world today I long for another Gandhi to reappear No one seems willing to take up the mantle again At least not yet


  7. says:

    This is the type of book that had a lot of potential What ruined the book for me was Fisher's writing style Throughout the entire book Fisher idolizes Gandhi There is not one passage of criticism which is unusual considering that Gandhi can be a controversial figure His blatant worship of Gandhi made me highly critical of his telling of Gandhi Another thing that made me highly critical was his lack of citations Fisher reports that he spent a total of four weeks with Gandhi before his death Spending a month with someone cannot make one an expert on their life His lack of citations about specific thoughts and events make me doubt him and his book


  8. says:

    Poorly written while Gandhi is just an extremely overrated 'political rock starHis clear substantive shortcomings in sciences economics and mathematics for starters leads to his myopic thinking and actions that are preoccupied mostly with subjective political ideologies and religiosity His stubborn approaches had perhaps also contributed to the deaths thousands of people during his time His failure then to deal with real critical issues and trends; such as overpopulation education environment resource depletion along with the conseuences of exponential growth on the resultant human condition in his nation and its economic longevity indicates that he was not much than another wordy lawyer predisposed to that so called professions' primary mastery of snake oil sic salesmanship Today India has a massive overpopulation resource imbalance that should have been easy to extrapolateidentify and predict even in he 1930's In the end the story will not end well for these countries includes Pakistan again because of the failure of its leaders such as Gandhi to foresee this imminent imbalance and thereby further demonstrating the narrowness of their knowledge thinking and wisdom; for which future generations of Indians have and will sadly pay dearly for in many terrible ways


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    Admittedly I have a very poor memory I read books and then what seems like just minutes later most of the information which had so thoroughly engrossed me is erased from my mind However Louis Fischer's book and so Gandhi's life so captivatingly described therein contains scenes sayings concepts and descriptions which I'm sure will stay with me forever “In the midst of death life persists in the midst of untruth truth persists in the midst of darkness light persists” “Nor could one fail to notice in each sentence and attitude his lifelong loyalty to a few simple widely flouted principles the exaltation of means over ends; nonviolence; the primacy of truth; the curing ualities of trust; and consideration for the other person's doubts time lag environment and inner conflicts” “Gandhi's greatness lay in doing what others might do but don't” Finally there is the inerasable final moment of Gandhi's life a bow of reverence followed uickly by a fatal shot followed uickly by an exclamation of shock a lament a prayer a greeting all captured with two final words “Oh God”


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    Gandhi is a Great of the 20th century This book is personal as the author had met Gandhi – its focus is on Gandhi the man It cites his speeches and how Gandhi influenced events around him Gandhi was a doer and the method and means were everythingCompare Gandhi with the rise of communism Lenin Stalin of the same time period and there is no doubt who and which approach is the admirable and humane Marxism Leninism led to the death of millionsThe book describes many aspects of not just Gandhi’s struggle to make India independent but to free it of its vast internal problems – Hindu – Muslim conflict to liberate untouchables Surrounding all this was Gandhi’s non violent philosophy and his commitment to truthMy favourite uote in this book from Gandhi “I am not interested in freeing India merely from the English yoke I am bent upon feeing India from any yoke whatsoever” Gandhi as this book aptly demonstrates was a modern day Christ like figure