Gandhi's Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi s Passion The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi More than half a century after his death Mahatma Gandhi continues to inspire millions throughout the world Yet modern India most strikingly in its decision to join the nuclear arms race seems to ha

  • Title: Gandhi's Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Author: Stanley Wolpert
  • ISBN: 9780195156348
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • More than half a century after his death, Mahatma Gandhi continues to inspire millions throughout the world Yet modern India, most strikingly in its decision to join the nuclear arms race, seems to have abandoned much of his nonviolent vision Inspired by recent events in India, Stanley Wolpert offers this subtle and profound biography of India s Great Soul Wolpert comMore than half a century after his death, Mahatma Gandhi continues to inspire millions throughout the world Yet modern India, most strikingly in its decision to join the nuclear arms race, seems to have abandoned much of his nonviolent vision Inspired by recent events in India, Stanley Wolpert offers this subtle and profound biography of India s Great Soul Wolpert compellingly chronicles the life of Mahatma Gandhi from his early days as a child of privilege to his humble rise to power and his assassination at the hands of a man of his own faith This trajectory, like that of Christ, was the result of Gandhi s passion his conscious courting of suffering as the means to reach divine truth From his early campaigns to stop discrimination in South Africa to his leadership of a people s revolution to end the British imperial domination of India, Gandhi emerges as a man of inner conflicts obscured by his political genius and moral vision Influenced early on by nonviolent teachings in Hinduism, Jainism, Christianity, and Buddhism, he came to insist on the primacy of love for one s adversary in any conflict as the invincible power for change His unyielding opposition to intolerance and oppression would inspire India like no leader since the Buddha creating a legacy that would encourage Martin Luther King, Jr Nelson Mandela, and other global leaders to demand a better world through peaceful civil disobedience By boldly considering Gandhi the man, rather than the living god depicted by his disciples, Wolpert provides an unprecedented representation of Gandhi s personality and the profound complexities that compelled his actions and brought freedom to India.

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    1. The complexity of Gandhiji's life requires careful attention to both his public and personal trials. This is the basis on which Wolpert proposes to build yet another biography on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the most well examined and yet one of the most enigmatic personalities. Wolpert says that even as he was writing his many works on India, he was always drawn towards Gandhi’s life but yet shying away from the endeavor, invariably daunted by Gandhi's elusive personality and the extent [...]

    2. Timeless LeaderThis book dwells more on the failures of Gandhi's methods than others I have read. It describes how he tried unsuccessfully over several years to reach a compromise with Jinnah over Hindu-Muslim relations in India. Curiously - more than other books - Wolpert says there was a wide split between Nehru and Gandhi. It also mentions the attraction that several Westerners had for him - Margaret Slade, Charlie Andrews Wolpert dwells on some of the negative (or questionable) aspects of Ga [...]

    3. So, this book gets two stars. The one star is for Gandhi himself and the other is for his life. Why? The book was so incredibly dry, I didn't think I would make it to the end, which is tragic considering Gandhi lived the life most of us are aspiring to!!! I'm tellin' ya! The book was dryer than burnt toast! I think the author mentioned that he is an engineer by trade and a Gandhi fan by night. Well, the book was totally writen like a scientific manual. No creativity, all facts.There were some hi [...]

    4. It was a bit of a challenge to get through this book, but I’m glad I persevered. I had just finished a book of his compilations, but I also wanted to learn the history of his life, too. In the process, I also learned a TON about the history of India and the formation of Pakistan. I didn’t always agree with some of Gandhi’s beliefs (i.e. his vows of celibacy and his relationship with his family), but I gained such an appreciation for many of his other teachings (i.e. his call for non-violen [...]

    5. If you only read one book about Gandhi, this is NOT the one to pick. Very dry, and assumes reader has pre-knowledge of the various Hindu and Muslim personalities, about whom he will refer to by last name only, without any introduction as to who they were. Pick a different Gandhi book to read!

    6. Inspired by the impact Gandhi had on MLK, I read this book to learn more about the father of the non-violent resistance movement in India. Key takeaway is rights have to be demanded through concrete actions, as rights are never given to those without them freely. When the oppressed rise to violence, they are almost always crushed and oppressed more vigorously. However, with non-violent civil disobedience, people can achieve freedom and justice. Jesus would have been a strong inspiration for Gand [...]

    7. Gandhi had great passion as he strived eagerly towards peace and equality with all religions and people. Though he believed and demonstrated some of the characteristics of Christ, it was disappointing his pride and works based Hinduism left him powerless in the end. It's interesting how a person can get so close to God and seeing His attributes of unconditional grace, but not receive it for themselves. Such a fine line, feeling like you have to live up to a stand vs. receiving a standard that ha [...]

    8. OW! My head hurts. I normally whip through biographies, but I really struggled with this one. By the time I got to the 1930's-ish, I could not keep straight what all the infighting between Nehru and Jinnah were about (maybe that is the point?) and "Bapu" started getting more depressed, withdrawn, politically irrelivant, and downright strange (sleeping nude with virgins to prove he had control over his passion?) My conclusion is that the "birth" of modern-day India and Pakistan were one big fuste [...]

    9. Maybe this is not the best book tells about Gandhi's life and treasure but it was very helpful to learn about great things about him. Especially his personality, beliefs, and life style This is admirable. The great soul who ever lived in this world I impressed that he constituted his army which didnt show any violence and was filled with love. They didnt have any weapon but they had great success to get back their freedom and self-respect as India. So inspirational!

    10. I liked this book. It gave many details of the pre-independence in-fighting between Nehru and Gandhi with which I was not fully aware.Some times it's a little slow but I actually liked all the detail.I had also read Gandhi's autobiography but since that was written in the 1920's it does not cover the last 20 years of his life. I REALLY liked the section on the Salt protests and the untouchables.

    11. I did not think this was a particularly well written book. It was interesting to read about Gandhi's life and his philosophy. His beliefs about non-violence have certainly influenced many other causes. At the same time, I didn't really like the man. I am not sure if that is justified or if it is just the way this book was written. I never really caught the "passion" that I know he had.

    12. To give such an amazing man such a dry, boring, and completely un-captivating biography should be illegal. I am going to try and find a much (MUCH) better biography to read about one of my favorite historical figures and idols.

    13. I had wanted to read about Gandhi for a while so I picked this book up. Gandhi was an amazing person, so any book telling his life is going to be somewhat good. That said, this book was quite a dry read.

    14. A very interesting and readable account of Gandhi's life. Anyone wishing to learn more about the history of the partition of the British Raj into the free nations of India and Pakistan and the attendant regional conflicts that afflict this areaa must read.

    15. I'm sorry for giving this book such a poor review, especially since it deals with Gandi! But the book got so tedious, I just could not finish it. Decided I may try it again another day.

    16. To write about someone so interesting and completely bore you is bad writing! I couldn't finish this one if I tried.

    17. Saya membaca versi terjemahan. Tak ada hal baru yang disampaikan mengenai Gandhi. Atau saya melewatkan sesuatu?

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