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Arguing for India: what Gandhi’s ideas mean today

Gandhi's ideas might seem eccentric, but they helped liberate a nation—and have much to teach us today

By Yasmin Khan   November 2018

A cyclist passes a bust of Indian independence movement leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Photo: PA

Five years after the first volume, Ramachandra Guha has produced the second part of his impressive biography of Mohandas Gandhi. Gandhi Before India (2013) dealt with the less familiar stage of Gandhi’s life from 1869 to 1914. It covered his childhood and early years in Gujarat, west India, his time as a law student in London and his life in South Africa, where he started to develop his political ideas and methods about non-violent…

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