Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

leader of India during the Indian independence movement, 1869-1948

Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. On 30 January 1948, a Hindu nationalist, assassinated Gandhi on 30 January 1948 by firing three bullets into his chest at point-blank range. Indians widely describe Gandhi as the father of the nation. His birthday, 2 October, is commemorated as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and world-wide as the International Day of Nonviolence.

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Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand

Führer der indischen Unabhängigkeitsbewegung (1869-1948). Autograph letter draft. O. O. 1 S. 8vo.
$ 21,466 / 18.500 € (44223/BN30305)

Written on the reverse side of a portion of a 1946 letter written to Gandhi from a young Western follower, George Mammen. Gandhi's has penned some closely-written notes - clearly a draft for a letter. He writes, in fountain pen ink: "Our India will have need of you. You have had your training. You will give India the benefit of that training. It would be sad only if after the trials and suffering ["of war" struck out] that our soldiers have been through, they forget the lessons of their eyes, the moment the peril is lifted.

But one thing you should remember, under remunerations and national Govt, you won't be pampered. You won't have all those lavish privileges which a foreign Govt. bribe you with at the expense of India. India is destitute. You can serve her only by showing her destitution and poverty. Otherwise you will earn not the gratitude but the execration of your country. [Now writing at the top of the page:] You will, I know, fully share in this freedom, only to breathe the air of freedom with your countrymen". - Somewhat wrinkled and dust-soiled; small pinhead-sized holes on top..

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Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand

leader of India during the Indian independence movement (1869-1948). Typed postcard signed ("Bapu"). Wardha. Oblong 8vo. 1 page. Framed.
$ 8,702 / 7.500 € (78992/BN50559)

To "Dorothy", probably his disciple Dorothy Hogg: "I have your letter as also copies of the articles. They were quite serviceable. I suppose you are keeping yourself in touch with Agatha. Therefore I do not need to say much". - Hogg, a quaker from Birmingham, was secretary to the English pacifist Muriel Lester, whose hospitality the Mahatma had enjoyed during his London visit in 1931. Hogg first met Gandhi on a visit to India in 1934, accompanying Lester. In 1946 she published the book "The moral challenge of Gandhi", and, as late as 1981, a biography of Gandhi, "Memories for Tomorrow".

The "Agatha" here mentioned is the English pacifist Agatha Harrison (1885-1954), another close associate of Gandhi in the 1930s and 1940s..

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Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand

leader of India during the Indian independence movement (1869-1948). Series of nine letters, notes and cards. [Sabermati Ashram]. Chiefly 12mo. Altogether 10 pages on 9 ff.
$ 75,420 / 65.000 € (79707/BN51792)

Series of nine letters, notes and cards (all in Gujarati), eight to Jamnabehn and one to Yashwant Prasad, comprising two autograph letters signed, three autograph cards signed, and four cards signed in pencil, discussing Gandhi's diet and health, refusing the offer of a blanket ("one that I have is enough"), and expressing his concern about Yashwant Prasad's heart condition: "Don’t worry about me. I take all the precautions necessary. God is there to take care of all of us. Before the Almighty we are helpless, worrying causes unnecessary problems [...]" (transl.).

Jamnabehn, a member of the extended Gandhi clan, was an active weaver of khadi on the charkha and worked alongside Dadabhai Naroji's grandchildren Perin Ben Captain and Khrushed Behn. Most of these letters date from 1926, when Gandhi was living in self-imposed withdrawal from the public world at Sabarmati and experimenting with a diet of fruit. - Small burn holes to two letters, nicks and tears at edges; browned..

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