A former parliamentarian in India, Professor Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, currently teaches in the USA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has written widely on the history of the Indian independence movement and its leaders, and on Hindu-Muslim relations. His recent works include Understanding the Muslim Mind and Revenge and Reconciliation: Understanding South Asian History
Gandhi (Ctr. for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Eight Lives) has skillfully narrated events in the life of his grandfather, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as "the Mahatma" and India's "Father of the Nation." While the author has earnestly and sequentially knitted together the story of the Mahatma, whose practice of nonviolence paved the way for India's independence from Britain, he also presents a clear picture of the history of India during Gandhi's time. We get a close look at the contrasts and conflicts in Gandhi's life as he strove for Hindu-Muslim unity and fought against apartheid in South Africa and untouchability at home. Gandhi, who had a "great emotional hold as evidenced by the numerical support of his demonstrations and the popular enthusiasm," continues to fill the reader with awe throughout this excellent book. Although many commendable studies of Gandhi have been written, this one is a comprehensive and therefore invaluable resource both for scholars and for those embarking on a beginning study of the man. Strongly recommended for academic and public libraries.--Uma Doraiswamy, Western Kentucky Univ. Lib., Bowling Green Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
'Rajmohan is the son of Gandhi's youngest son, Devadas. But he has more to offer than his family background. He is an accomplished biographer, columnist and editor... He has a deeper understanding of the social and political landscape of India, of the cleavages of caste and religion, and of the dynamics of the dominant Congress Party... Rajmohan takes us at a leisurely pace through the broad sweep of Gandhi's personal and public life. His Gujarati background is given its due, as also his London years, his campaigns in South Africa, and his struggles and travels in India.' -Ramachandra Guha, Times Literary Supplement 'Rajmohan Gandhi's weighty, authoritative and comprehensive biography is a great achievement' -- William Dalrymple Financial Times