An intimate biography of one of the
greatest social and
religious reformers of the modern
"Gandhi's work in nonviolence was
comprehensive and not simply confined to politics or human
rights. It was about building positive relationships based on
respect, understanding, acceptance, and appreciation. It was
about eliminating exploitation of all kinds and creating
the Foreword by Dr. Arun Gandhi,
cofounder of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) was one of the
most important and influential social and religious reformers
of the past century, spending his life striving for justice,
peace, and equality among countries, races, and classes. His
ideas and ideals have inspired generations of
activists—from Martin Luther King Jr. to Vaclav
Havel—and acted as catalysts for change in every corner
of the globe.
In this intimate biography, Charles
("Charlie") Andrews-Englishman, Anglican priest, and
a close friend and colleague of Gandhi's in both South Africa
and India-explores the life and times of this great soul,
providing fascinating insight into the spiritual, political,
and historical environment that affected Gandhi, playing key
roles in the development of his thought and action.
Mahatma Gandhi: His Life and Ideas uses letters, personal reminiscences, and
excerpts from Gandhi's many published and private writings to
paint a vivid and accessible portrait of the personality and
spirit of one of the most prominent figures in Indian—and
This updated edition showcases a new
foreword about the continuing impact and importance of Gandhi's
message today, written by Dr. Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's
grandson and cofounder of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for
"Gandhi's soulful genius is as
relevant today as ever. Come to think of it, perhaps even more
so. How fortunate to have this classic, intimate biography so
available to help us understand. Charles F. Andrews conveys the
heart of Gandhi's spiritual activism as only an intimate friend
Rifkin, author, Spiritual Perspectives on Globalization: Making Sense
of Economic and Cultural Upheaval
"Provid[es] fascinating insight into the spiritual, political, and historical environment that affected Gandhi.... A passionate portrait."
"A fresh version of a classic text.... Bears witness to the power of loving (but not uncritical) interreligious dialogue and an ethical and compassionate appoach to lifestyles, politics and economics."
—Anglican Theological Review
"Through this new edition ... readers can gain access to Gandhi's timeless messages."
—New Age Retailer
Charles F. Andrews (1871-1940) was a close friend of both Mahatma
Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore. An Anglican clergyperson, he
was the only person to call Gandhi by the nickname
"Mohan," and was considered by Gandhi himself to be
the highest living representative of Christianity.
Dr. Arun Gandhi
is Mahatma Gandhi's grandson and cofounder of the M. K. Gandhi
Institute for Nonviolence in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the
author of several books, including Legacy
of Love: My Education in the Path of Nonviolence.