We know Mahatma Gandhi as the father of the nation, as the benign looking old man whose picture graces our currency notes. But who was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and what made him the phenomenon he was? Born into a middle class Gujarati family, Gandhi gave evidence of his thirst for the truth at an early age. Tirelessly striving for the truth, Gandhi was usually harder on himself than on anyone else. His moral courage and implicit faith in truth and above all his belief that love and non-violence were the perfect weapons to win any fight made him a charismatic leader whose life and words continue to influence people today.
The name Mahatma Gandhi is something that is invariably taught to children all over India. Through text books, they come to know of what he did for our nation. But what did the man think of himself? What did he think of the various things that he did or was trying to do? How does he justify his path of Satyagraha and Ahimsa? What triggered it all? The only authentic source for all this is his autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth.
We are making this most important literary work of Gandhiji accessible to children because it is necessary that they grow up knowing who the Father of the Nation really was. We have abridged this book without losing the essence of the original version. The extra information at the back of the book gives a background to the setting of Gandhiji’s life. We believe that this Mango Classic will inspire children to find out more about Gandhiji and read the original in later years.