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Gandhi's Prisoner? The Life of Gandhi's Son Manilal

Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie (Author)
Synopsis Mahatma Gandhi had four sons. The second of these was Manilal who, through his work, was the son that most closely espoused and persistently furthered the moral and ideological vision of his father. Born in India, Manilal, Manilal Gandi spent his early years with his parents in South Africa, during which time his father was emerging as a mass leader and advocate of satyagraha. It was at this stage that Gandhi's vision was transformed into a way of life via the establishment of community living - at the famous phoenix Settlement and Tolstoy Farm. Manilal's life was shaped within these two communities. Gandhi returned with his family to India in 1914 but within three years Manilal was sent back to South Africa as an emissary to continue Gandhian work in the country where it had originated. For nearly four decade4s, subsequently, Manilal was involved in editing and publishing the Gujarati-English weekly Indian Opinion from Phoenix, furthering Gandhian ideals and politics, and making the newspaper a significant organ of the alternative press. Through much of his adult life Manilal was an activist editor, imprisoned several times for protesting against unjust laws. His fearlessness was Gandhi's greatest gift to his son. This biography explores major aspects of the Mahatma and his family that no biographer or historian has hitherto touched upon. In part this is because no one has until now had access to the mass of unpublished papers, the hundreds of letters, the interviews with family and friends, and the now obscure newspapers and related materials on which Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie's biography is based. This book, is consequently, both intellectual biography and family history, a work of vast scholarship and skilfull narration which will enthrall all who are interested in Gandhi, his family life, his sons, and the Gandhian global legacy.
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About the author

Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie

Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie is Associate Professor, Department of History, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town. She is a granddaughter of Manilal Gandhi.

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Bibliographic information

Title Gandhi's Prisoner? The Life of Gandhi's Son Manilal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 9788178241166
length 419p., B/w Plates; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.
Subjects History