Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1869 in British-occupied India. Though he studied law in London and spent his early adulthood in South Africa, he remained devoted to his homeland and spent the later part of his life working to make India an independent nation. Calling for non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights around the world. Gandhi is recognized internationally as a symbol of hope, peace, and freedom.
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Drawn from letters and interviews with family members, this biography yields a fascinating account of one of Gandhi's four sons, offering insights into Gandhi the father and illustrating the difficulties and successes Gandhi's heirs have had in continuing his legacy. This is the story of Gandhi's second son, Manilal Gandhi, who is often lost in the shadow of his father, but led a phenomenal life of his own. Following in his father's footsteps with regard to political involvement, Manilal struck out on his own as a young man and became an important South African journalist. Gandhi's Prisoner? explores a side of Gandhi that biographers have either neglected, misunderstood or judged harshly due to their select focus on his controversial relationship with his eldest son, Harilal. Based on hundreds of letters between Gandhi and his four sons, on Manilal's unpublished letters to family and friends, and on interviews with family, as well as a careful reading of the newspaper Manilal edited, this biography provides an untold history of both Phoenix Settlement and Indian Opinion after Gandhi left South Africa. At the same time, it seeks a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between father and son.