In 1888, at the age of eighteen, Mohandas Gandhi sets out from his
modest home in India. Shy, timid, and soft-spoken, he embarks on
what he believes will be a new life abroad. Twenty-seven years
later, at the age of forty-five, he returns-this time fearless,
impassioned, and ready to lead his country to freedom.
What transformed him?
M. K. Gandhi, Attorney at Law is the first biography of
the Mahatma's early years as a lawyer. It follows Gandhi as he
embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery: from his education
in Britain, through the failure of his first law practice in India,
to his eventual migration to South Africa. Though he found initial
success representing wealthy Indian merchants, events on the ground
would come to change him. Relentless attacks by the white colonial
establishment on Indian civil rights prompted Gandhi to give up his
lucrative business in favor of representing the oppressed in court.
Gandhi had originally hoped that the South African legal system
could be relied upon for justice. But when the courts failed to
respond, he had no choice but to shift tactics, developing what
would ultimately become his lasting legacy-the philosophy and
practice of nonviolent civil disobedience.
As he took on the most powerful governmental, economic, and
political forces of his day, Gandhi transformed himself from a
modest civil rights lawyer into a tireless freedom fighter. Relying
on never-before-seen archival materials, this book provides the
reader with a front-row seat to the dramatic events that would
alter Gandhi-and history-forever.
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