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This excellent volume fills a gap in the extensive literature on Gandhi. It provides valuable information and insights and assists a balanced and just critical assessment of him. As the editors show, Gandhi still has much to offer to contemporary India`s struggle to create a just society and a healthy and self-critical political culture
There is no single Gandhi, and Usha Thakkar and Jayshree Mehta`s book compellingly captures the multifaceted aspects of Gandhi`s life, work, and writings. [This book] convincingly shows us the many different, creative interpretations of some of the people who were the closest to him. This is an exciting and well-grounded contribution to the Gandhi literature.
Understanding Gandhi captures that bit of history which can assist readers and researchers in drawing their version of Gandhi. Without doubt, it is a valuable addition to the Gandhi literature.
Understanding Gandhi is a collection of interviews of six of Mahatma Gandhi`s close associates… Insights from these interviews are enriching… Blum`s interviews present an enormously powerful tool to understand Gandhi`s ideas and their interpretation… Before each interview, the editors have given a brief life-sketch of the interviewee and this is certainly helpful for readers not familiar with these Gandhian leaders to place them in the right context.
The book points out that Gandhi developed rich and complex language of discourse to focus on key concepts—satyagraha, non-violence, brahmcharya, fasting, spirituality and others. This blend of an intimate knowledge of Gandhi gives the book unique vantage. Fred J Blum has adopted a different genre of interviewing Gandhi`s closest associates who saw him in different conditions and circumstances.
This book gives an exceptional insight into the circumstances that combined to make Gandhism irrelevant after independence… The interviews are so nicely done that they cover the entire gamut of Gandhian thought in a seamless manner. The chatty style of narratives makes it comprehensible to even the casual reader unaccustomed to the rigour of academic writing.
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