Essay on Mahatma Gandhi's Autobiography

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Gandhi's Autobiography

Gandhi's autobiography is in many ways unconventional and certainly not what I expected from such a renown figure in history. Firstly, the book does not cover a large portion if his politically active life, as Gandhi lived for approximately another twenty years after the events he describes. Gandhi wrote this book in the language of Gujarati (to promote the use of Hindi and Gujarati), it has been translated although left unedited in this edition. The subtitle of the book is very appropriate, in that this book is not a 'history' book mapping out the political and social struggles of Gandhi, but rather a self-reflection on his life, told through a series of experiments.

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He reflects on his daily eating habits, calling himself a fruitarian, more often than one would deem necessary. From one point of view, this could be classified as an 'obsession' with his dietary habits, but in the context of the book, it is clear to see that this demonstrates how Gandhi extends his personal philosophy with the equal moral seriousness to all areas of his life.

Gandhi's pacifist ideals are clear throughout the book, although perhaps most noticeable in the political arena, where violence and extortion was rife. Throughout his struggle for equal rights for Indians in South Africa, to his efforts to unite Indians across the country in order to achieve independence, Gandhi is tireless in his quest to bring about equality for every class, religion and race. This book shows his quest to solve internal unrest, such as the communal violence between Muslims and Hindus and also the position of the untouchables. It also describes his efforts to make India a self-reliant country, such as when Gandhi lead the making of Indian salt from saltwater or was pictured spinning cotton. The one thing that this book very clearly describes is the struggle which Gandhi went through in order for his views to be heard and his ideas to be heeded. Despite many setbacks and lack of co-operation, Gandhi puts
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