Gandhi Before India


  • Author: Ramachandra Guha
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN-13: 9780143423416
  • Pages: 688
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2014


About The The 

In 1893, when Mohandas Gandhi set sail for South Africa, he was a briefless lawyer who had failed to establish himself in India. In this remarkable biography, Ramachandra Guha argues that the two decades that Gandhi spent in the diaspora were the making of the Mahatma. It was here that he forged the philosophy and techniques that would ultimately destroy the British Empire.

Based on archival research in four continents, this book explores Gandhis experiments with dissident cults, his friendships and enmities, and his failures as a husband and father. Gandhi Before India tells the dramatic story of how he mobilized a cross-class and inter-religious coalition, pledged to non-violence in their battle against a racist regime.

Deeply researched and beautifully written, this book will radically alter our understanding and appreciation of modern Indias greatest man.

About The Author

Ramachandra Guha was raised in Dehradun and educated in Delhi andKolkata. Now based in Bangalore, he has previously taught at Yale,Stanford, Oslo, and the London School of Economics. He has pioneeredthree distinct fields of historical inquiry: environmental history (as in TheUnquiet Woods, 1989), the social history of sport (A Corner of a ForeignField, 2002), and contemporary history (India After Gandhi, 2007). His mostrecent book is a collection of essays, Patriots and Partisans, published byPenguin in 2012. His other books include Savaging the Civilized: VerrierElwin, His Tribals, and India (1999).

Guhas awards include the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Societyfor Environmental History, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the PadmaBhushan. His books and essays have been translated into more thantwenty languages. In 2008, and again in 2013, Guha featured on Prospectmagazines list of the worlds most influential thinkers.