ISBN 9788189059736 | Hardback | 344 pages | 6.25 x 9.25”
Ashwin Desai talks of meeting Gandhi through research and argues: “To see Gandhi clearly, strangely, allows the pursuit of all that is precious to Gandhism to resume with vigour: a just world changed through brave and persistent but non-violent, action.”— Huffington Post.
“To the extent that he accepted white minority power but was keen to be a junior partner, he was a racist. Thank God he did not succeed in this as we (Indians) would have been culpable in the horrors of apartheid”—Ashwin Desai to BBC news.
Watch this video that records what the South African readers of the book have to say.
“New Gandhi book aims to tell a balanced story”—The Daily Vox.
“It is especially the case in post-liberation societies where one is keen to have heroes who are all-knowing and infallible”—IOL South Africa
“Gandhi may have been racist in South Africa, but some Indians there still are”—dailyo.in piece, inspired by the debate South African Gandhi started, indicts the Indian diaspora.
“Although Desai and Vahed’s theoretical argument is controversial, it is backed by evidence and careful research. It will no longer be possible to look at the Mahatma’s South African years without considering his role as a stretcher-bearer of Empire”—Patrick French, Outlook
‘The South African Gandhi offers evidence of how white supremacy has functioned, even thrived, through the active participation of oppressed dark-skinned people’—Atlanta Blackstar
Read The Washington Post on what Mahatma Gandhi thought of black people.
Watch this book trailer that shows how Gandhi never missed an opportunity to demonstrate his loyalty to empire.