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Ashwin Desai

Professor of sociology, University of Johannesburg

The writer is professor of sociology at the University of Johannesburg.

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Writing ‘The South African Gandhi'

Gandhi spent a long time tidying up his past in his autobiography, <em>The Story of My Experiments with Truth</em>. We all do that. But the art of writing biography is not to gobble up the given version and render it back to the reader. Some, on reading the blurbs announcing the book, have argued in pretty strong language, that we have sullied the name of Gandhi... We argue in <a href="http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=26014" target="_hplink">our <em>Gandhi</em></a> that it is in fact those who have presented him as a cardboard cut-out figure that have sullied his image.
02/10/2015 8:11 AM IST