Rajmohan Gandhi

‘Rajmohan Gandhi’s weighty, authoritative and comprehensive biography is a great achievement’
Financial Times

‘Rajmohan takes us at a leisurely pace through the broad sweep of Gandhi’s personal and public life.’
Times Literary Supplement

‘A great achievement.’
William Dalrymple


This monumental and authoritative biography of one of the most intriguing and complex figures of the 20th century, written by his grandson, is the first to give a complete and balanced account of Gandhi’s remarkable life, the development of his beliefs, his political campaigns, and his complex relationships with his family.

Written with unprecedented insight and access to family archives, this definitive biography of Gandhi sheds new light on the life of a man who was far more complicate and conflicted than his received public image suggests. Gandhi: The Man, His People and the Empire gives us the true Gandhi, the man as well as the legend.

RAJMOHAN GANDHI serves as a Research professor at the College of Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1997-2012 he part of the university’s Centre for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. He is the author of Understanding the Muslim Mind (1987); A Tale of Two Revolts (2011), Punjab: A History from Aurangzeb to Mountbatten (2013); and Understanding the Founding Fathers: An Enquiry into the Beginnings of the Indian Republic (2016). A former member of the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the Indian Parliament), he led the Indian delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission in 1990.

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