Understanding Gandhi is a collection of interviews of six of Mahatma Gandhi's closest associates—J.B. Kriplani, Raihana Tyabji, Dada Dharmadhikari, Sushila Nayar, Jhaver Patel and Sucheta Kripalani. The interviewees reflect on Gandhi's ideas in the light of changes that took place in India after Independence.

These interviews have been conducted by Fred J. Blum (1914–1990), an academician and consultant to the US Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, whose lifelong commitment was to understand Gandhi's approach to social, economic and spiritual issues.

The book provides glimpses of Gandhi's ideas and working relationship with his colleagues who came from a wide range of backgrounds, professions and geographical regions. It also brings out the thoughts of Gandhi and his followers on several important issues such as Satyagraha, non-violence, Brahmacharya, spirituality, and fasting. This blend of an intimate knowledge of Gandhi and the reflective hindsight gives the book a unique vantage point that promotes a holistic understanding of Gandhian thought and philosophy.

J.B. Kripalani

J.B. Kripalani

Jivatram Bhagwandas Kripalani (1888–1982) has left a distinct mark on Indian politics in pre- as well as post-Independence India. He was Gandhi's colleague, a participant as well as an analyst of the freedom struggle, an independent thinker and writer with an incisive mind, and was an important figure in public life who set high moral standards for democratic opposition.

Due to his involvement with nationalist politics in student days, he had to leave studies at Wilson College, Bombay and D.J. Sind College, Karachi. Finally he completed B.A. from Fergusson College, Pune and MA in History from Bombay University. He taught at a college in Muzaffarpur in Bihar from 1912 to 1917 and at Benares during 1919–20. He also served as the Principal of ...

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