A new biography of Mahatma Gandhi that sifts myths and legends from the real man with all his flaws and humanity, authored by his grandson Rajmohan Gandhi, was launched here Sunday evening at Gandhi Smriti - where he was assassinated 59 years ago.
United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi released Mohandas: A True Story of a Man, his People and an Empire (published by Penguin) at the Gandhi Memorial housed in the Old Birla House where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life before he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse January 30, 1948.
An eclectic collection of committed Gandhians, diplomats, media persons and politicians, including Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani, turned up in a cold January evening to remember the man who liberated India from the colonial rule through the weapons of 'satyagraha' (force of truth) and non-violence.
Mohandas seeks to tell the whole truth about Mahatma Gandhi's life and has been in the news for the book's matter-of-fact description of Gandhi's relationship with a married Bengali woman named Sarla Devi.
"Gandhi's luminous compassion, courage and humanity shine through these pages and bring light into our lives," said Sonia Gandhi while praising the new biography, "a story of epic proportions" that reveals Mahatma Gandhi in all his complexity and humanity.