Gandhi Before India

Friday, April 18, 2014

Mohandas Gandhi is one of the most influential—and controversial—men in modern history. Ramachandra Guha discusses the first volume of his biography of Gandhi, Gandhi Before India, which gives vivid portraits of the man and the world he lived in—from India to Victorian England to South Africa. It explores the ways Gandhi inspired the devotion of thousands of followers in South Africa as he mobilized a cross-class and inter-religious coalition, pledged to non-violence in their battle against a brutally racist regime.

Comments [8]

Enjoyed interview but didn't we learn all discussed in the movie "Ghandi"?

Apr. 20 2014 10:30 PM
m graham from Memphis

This comment is not specifically about this segment, but about Anna Sale's fine hosting of the program. Wonderful listening and responding skills, refreshingly pleasant voice (in contrast to so many high-pitched, nasal, slang-ridden voices that dominate the culture), and overall impressively informed approach to the interviews.

Bravo, Anna.

Apr. 19 2014 12:23 AM
NANCY from Nutley NJ

THE AUTHOR IS NOT YELLING, he is just not using the soft NPR voice we and SNL have come to know so well. He is enthusiastic, totally in control of the subject matter and excited to impart this information.

Apr. 18 2014 03:51 PM
Sredni Vashtar from the Shed Out Back

I enjoyed this segment but wish the guest didn't yell so much. :)

Apr. 18 2014 01:59 PM
Vinny from Manalapan, NJ

I think the listeners of NPR are a varied group and like me, might tune in to find out more about Gandhi because we not have your level of expertise on him.

Apr. 18 2014 12:42 PM
Amy from Manhattan

How old was Gandhi's wife when they married? What was her name?

Apr. 18 2014 12:40 PM
Eric from New Jersey

Great interview. I'm really enjoying it.

I'm going to have to disagree a bit with Manda below. Not everyone has access/time to attend the Metropolitan Opera, so this is definitely a very interesting new perspective on a key 20th century figure for some of us.

Apr. 18 2014 12:38 PM
manda Stinchecum from Brooklyn

This is the second program I've heard in the last few days about this book on Ghandi's years in India. Apparently not only NPR's hosts but the author of this book are ignorant of Philip Glass's opera, Satyagraha, written in 1979 and recently performed during the Metropopolitan Opera's 2008 and 2010 seasons. The opera, widely acclaimed and publicized at those times. While an opera does not elaborate the level of historical detail of Ramachandra Guha's book, Ghandi's life in South Africa are not exactly new news.

Apr. 18 2014 12:33 PM

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