Friday, February 22, 2019

Kasturba: The Unsung Heroine

Kasturba: The Unsung Heroine
Jaydev Jana*
Kasturba Gandhi
Behind every successful man, there is a woman. - Mark Twain
Mark Twain’s remark might be a little difficult to digest. But it is true to a large extent. The success of a man is in the hands of the woman associated with his life, pre-eminently his wife. If the man is single, his mother can play a vital role. Indeed, Mahatma Gandhi was influenced by his mother, Putlibai, as well as by his wife, Kasturba, fondly referred to as ‘Ba’ (Mother). In his childhood, Gandhi was profoundly influenced by Jainism and the Pranami sect… through his mother. It was in his family that he first learnt the lesson of Satyagraha.
He confessed that he directly learnt the certitudes of Satyagraha through his wife, Kasturba, though he was also influenced by Tolstoy and Thoreau. In his autobiography, My Experiments with Truth, Gandhi writes: “I learnt the lesson of non-violence (Satyagraha) from my wife. I tried to bend her to my will. Her determined resistance to my will on the one hand, and her quiet submission to the suffering my stupidity involved on the other, ultimately made me ashamed of myself and cured me of myself and cured me of my stupidity in thinking that I was born to rule over her; and in the end she became my teacher in non-violence.
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Monday, February 18, 2019

NEW BOOK PUBLISHED: The Oxford India GANDHI Essential Writings


The Oxford India
Essential Writings

Written by: Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Pages: 910 pages (Hard Bound)

First Published: December 2018

Published by: Oxford University Press (11th December 2018)


About the Book:

The Oxford India Gandhi looks beyond the plaster-cast image of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Mahatma. Gandhi’s autobiography ends in the late 1920s, several historic years before his assassination in 1948. This book seeks to fill that void left by Gandhi himself. Edited by Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the book tells Gandhi’s story in his own words-the story of his life as he himself might have narrated it to a grandchild.


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