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Mahadev Desai joined Gandhi at 25 as his secretary. He died, imprisoned with the Mahatma, at age 50. Throughout that time, he maintained diaries that offer a rare insight into the mind of the most secular leader India has seen.
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 08:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times |Nachiketa Desai
Formerly the house of noted industrialist Ghanshyam Das Birla, the home where MK Gandhi spent his last 144 days is now a museum. Everything about the place memorialises the Mahatma
Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, the eldest of four children of Devadas and Lakshmi Rajagopalachari (the daughter of C Rajagopalachari), spoke about her father’s stint in Hindustan Times, her grandparents, and the changing face of Delhi.
On January 30, 1958, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Mahatma’s passing, a young clergyman who was using Gandhian methods in America wrote an article for Hindustan Times on why India’s Father of the Nation belonged ‘to the ages’.
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 05:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times |Dr Martin Luther King, Jr
When Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi inaugurated the Hindustan Times press in 1924, he knew it was time for a paper that reflected the sentiments of millions of Indians and their shared national agenda.
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 07:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times |Dhamini Ratnam
Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: MK Gandhi stood for social equality and harmony, and translated his vision into action. We must perceive, understand and manifest this in our lives.
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 08:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times |Mohan Bhagwat
Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: Swami Anand, who persistently urged Gandhi to write his autobiography, wrote detailed pen sketches of persons and, through that, introduced the readers to sociological insights about castes and communities.
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 05:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times |Tridip Suhrud
Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: The Collected Works had all the known letters that Gandhi himself wrote; but virtually none of the letters that he received or responded to. Then there were the thousands of letters written about Gandhi by his contemporaries and critics.
The state was his birthplace and the site of his experiments with truth. But it must analyse its points of divergence from the Father of the Nation
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 07:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi |Tridip Suhrud
The 1931 Poona Pact shaped India’s Dalit political representation, and its implications are felt even in today’s parliamentary elections. At the heart of it lay a fundamental difference in their points of view. While Gandhi saw untouchability as a social issue, Ambedkar understood caste as a political one
The political consensus was that a newly independent India needed to rapidly industrialise if it was to hold its own in the world. Instead, Mahatma Gandhi offered a radically different economic path: one of local consumption; one where the charkha liberated Indians from poverty.
Updated on Oct 01, 2019 11:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi |Niranjan Rajadhyaksha
History hangs thick in the air of the Gandhi ashram, as this place is known. A print of a letter written by Gandhi in December 1928 adorns the wall next to the bed.
Bolstered by his experience of ashram life in South Africa, Gandhi first set up an ashram in the Kochrab area of Ahmedabad, which he later shifted to its present site on the banks of the river Sabarmati.
Gandhi established an ashram-school on land donated by a local priest, Baba Ram Narayan Das, which opened on November 20, 1917, a week after establishing a similar foundation school in Barharwa Lakhansen village 135 km away.
Updated on Sep 30, 2019 01:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times |Neyaz Farooquee
In India, however, Gandhi was advised by his mentor Gopalkrishna Gokhale — a freedom fighter who belonged to the ilk of Moderates within the Congress — to tour India for a year before embarking upon any political work.
Updated on Sep 30, 2019 01:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times |Dhamini Ratnam
In 1936, Gandhi decided to personally live and work in villages. He wanted to redirect the educated class in India towards villages.
Updated on Sep 30, 2019 01:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times |Abhay Bang
One of the ways in which the Dravidian social reformer challenged Brahmanical domination in politics, education and administration in Tamil Nadu was to agitate against caste surnames.
Shrestha was born in Kathmandu in 1896. From an early age, he showed signs of being a social reformer. He became one of the leaders of the Satyacharan Malami Guthi that worked to end outdated death related rites and rituals in Nepal.
Updated on Nov 04, 2019 02:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times |Manjeev Singh Puri
Gandhi, an apostle of non violence, and Mao, an unapologetic votary of armed revolution or people’s war. Gandhi, an ascetic who renunciated all state power, and Mao, the Great Helmsman, who exercised all power for 26 years.
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 06:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times |Baburam Bhattarai
The motion called for the removal of the bronze statue at Gandhi Square — sculpted by Tinka Christopher, it depicts Gandhi as a young activist lawyer in his legal gown — and the renaming of the site after Sophie de Bruyn, a well-known anti-apartheid activist.
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 06:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times |Eric Itzkin
Much of the conversation that takes place in social media about Gandhi centres around his attitude towards black South Africans, his use of pejorative terms and his claim for better treatment for what he regarded as the more civilised Indians.
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 06:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times |Uma Dhupelia Mesthrie
Gandhi was unique among anti-colonial leaders for his attention to both politics and social transformation.
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 06:49 PM IST
Bengalis have a complicated response to MK Gandhi. Some hold him responsible for the Partition; others question his treatment of Subhas Chandra Bose.
Travelogue: The Mahatma sought to learn the state’s history. He also imparted lessons on political maturity.
Updated on Sep 27, 2019 11:07 PM IST
Inspired by Gandhi and his ideas of swaraj, thousands of women have created small, medium and large membership-based organisations.
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 06:30 PM IST
One of the earliest films on Gandhi was an American feature documentary, titled Mahatma Gandhi: 20th Century Prophet, made in 1953.
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 06:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times |Ratnottama Sengupta
Rohini Hattangadi played the character of Kasturba Gandhi in Richard Attenborough’s legendary 1982 film, Gandhi. Hattangadi revisits her memories of working in this iconic cinematic adaptation of his life.
Gandhi’s swaraj meant self-sufficiency at the village level, dependent largely on agriculture. Today’s information age, however, offers new avenues and aspirations. Champaran and its surroundings remains a labour sink for the country and beyond.
Updated on Sep 25, 2019 09:58 PM IST
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi widened the meaning of satyagraha to indicate an ethical attitude to the business of life. He even set the criteria for self evaluation for those who wished to follow this path. But the Mahatma’s true genius lay in the way he projected values like truth and non violence to the realm of mass politics.
Updated on Sep 27, 2019 05:54 AM IST
Bombay was where Gandhi made public speeches at mill compounds, where the supporters included elite families, shopkeepers, women and students.