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.
Chapter 5: Dada Dharmadhikari
Shankar Trimbak Dharmadhikari (1899–1985), popularly known as Dada Dharmadhikari, was an independent thinker, a much-respected freedom fighter, an excellent commentator on Gandhian philosophy, an outstanding writer and an effective orator.
He studied at the Indore Christian College, Indore and the Morris College, Nagpur, but did not complete his formal education as he left college to join the Non-cooperation Movement. He taught at Tilak Vidyalaya at Nagpur from 1931 to 1935. He lived in Wardha from 1935 to 1946 and was connected with the Gandhi Seva Sangh and edited its organ Sarvodaya from 1938 to 1943. He had made an in-depth study of the Indian as well as the Western philosophy. His quest for knowledge continued all his life with his reading, writing and ...