Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known all over the world as Mahatma Gandhi is the greatest and most popular Indian of all time. He fought and won freedom for India by using non-violence. For Indians, even now his teachings and life are a model. After fighting against the British, he fought against various social evils, some of which are still relevant even today.
Gandhiji may be the most written, the most debated, and most talked about person in India and globally. But, he himself was a writer and a good one too! Like his character, his writing style too was very simple yet very forceful. He did not write to please others but to express his feelings of hopes, faith, disappointments, and sorrows. His writing was clear, precise, and simple, and truthful. Gandhiji has written many books and penned many articles, but if you had to narrow down the Top 10 books written by Mahatma Gandhiji in English, it would have to be the ones given below.
List of Top 10 Books Written By Mahatma Gandhiji
Mahatma Gandhiji was an avid reader and liked to put his thoughts and what he read into writing. Unlike the other writers, he did not stick to one genre and wrote about many things including diet, mental health, industrialization, and social progress. Here is the list of some books written by Gandhiji that is a must-read for people who follow him.
Top 10 Books Written By M K Gandhi #1: An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth
Among the list of all books written by Mahatma Gandhi, this one is at the top as it is an autobiography. It is written by the man himself. So there is nothing flowery and is a detailed account of his experiments with truth. It also covers many aspects of his life, especially his spiritual life. There are five parts in the book and start with Mohan the boy and delves into his marriage, his education in the United Kingdom, his Satyagraha movement in South Africa, and the beginning of the movement for independence in India. The book was aimed at sharing his experiences with the truth and also explain about his actions. This is a best-seller which has been translated to many languages and you are more likely to get hold of one in your language too!
Top 10 Books Written By M K Gandhi #2 : Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule
The Hind Swaraj or Indian Rule is one the most famous books written by Gandhiji. It was published in the year 1909 and was written to inspire people to fight against the British for independence. Hind Swaraj was banned when the book came out but was later translated and published in 1912 and then again in 1938 with more emphasis on the independence movement. Through the book, Gandhiji tried to inspire the Indian population to give up English customs and industrialization and was in favour of following Indian traditional ways. He also insisted in the book that Indians rejected armed war and follow nonviolent means to achieve independence. Hind Swaraj served as an inspiration to many nations and not just India. It is a must-read as this book transformed many political institutions not only in India but worldwide.
Top 10 Books Written By M K Gandhi #3 : Truth is God
This is another book written by Gandhiji that is an intriguing read. It gives a peek into the belief system of Gandhiji. Contrary to the title, it is not a book that is about shastras or religion, it is about Truth. It is about what a modern educated man who did great things thinks on the subject of God and Truth. This book is quite relevant in today’s time where religious sentiments have taken over and truth has taken a backseat.
Top 10 Books Written By M K Gandhi #4 : India of My Dreams
This is one of the best books written by Mahatma Gandhi that every Indian must read as it talks about the dream he had of Independent India. It is a collection of writings and speeches highlighting how he wanted to see free India. His ideas and views on various issues like economic, religious, cultural, political are enumerated lucidly. It gives a great insight into Gandhiji’s ideologies and how he wanted free India to handle domestic and international affairs. His dislike of partition on the basis of religion is also evident in the book.
Top 10 Books Written By M K Gandhi # 5: The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is a holy script for Hinduism and is a book for humanity. It is a scripture that has transformed and influenced many people. The Gita is one of the books Gandhiji was greatly influenced by as it transformed his life and defined his character. This spiritual book was his companion in his hardest days and he found great strength reading it. It is believed that he thought Gita to be the ‘eternal mother’ and revered it more than his birth mother. Among the books written by M K Gandhi, this is unique as it is a transcription of the daily sessions that he conducted with people to discuss the Gita.
Top 10 Books Written By M K Gandhi #6 : The Law and The Lawyers
This is one of the books written by Mahatma Gandhi on education and morality. For the unawares, Gandhiji was a lawyer for many years before he became the torchbearer for nonviolence. So a book on law and lawyers by him is not a huge surprise. It has Gandhi’s take on the purpose of law in a civilized society. In his book, he has criticized lawyers and courts and has mentioned that the justice system is made for the wealthy and increases problems for the poor. He insisted that lawyers should place ‘truth and service’ above all other professional perks. This is one of the books that seem relevant even today.
Top 10 Books Written By M K Gandhi #7: Gokhale: My Political Guru
Gandhiji considered Gokhale to be his Guru as he thought that Gokhale was an ideal servant. So he based his work in the political field on what he had seen Gokhale achieve. This book is an English version of the book written by Gandhiji in Gujarati and was published due to the popularity of Gokhale in India and abroad. Reading this book is invaluable to the current generation of men and women who want to serve their country and see India’s progress.
Top 10 Books Written By M K Gandhi #8: : Diet and Diet Reform
In today’s time where taste and habit of food take precedence over diet, reading this book can help bring a fresh perspective to diet. It is said that Gandhiji conducted experiments on food and diet. He experimented using different vessels, different cooking techniques, and various ingredients to make a balanced diet. He observed and recorded them carefully in his journal. This book brings those writings and knowledge together to serve the purpose of dietary reform.
Top 10 Books Written By M K Gandhi #9: Satyagraha in South Africa
Gandhiji wrote his experiences of Satyagraha in South Africa in detail in his native language. The English edition was published in 1928 and has seen many editions. The Satyagraha technique is seen as a great weapon against injustice and this book is a good read for those who want to know the thought process and techniques of this nonviolent war.
Top 10 Books Written By M K Gandhi #10: Ashram Observances in Action
It is one of the books written by Gandhi Ji between 1916 and 1932 in Gujarati and gives a crystal clear explanation of Ashram’s observances. The book addresses things like poverty, work, love, and truth. The observances which were written for the religious community that Mahatma founded are relevant even for the current readers. People who want to know about his philosophy of life will find this book useful.
Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our Nation was not only an inspirational leader but also a great teacher as he taught important life lessons. The names of all books written by Gandhiji are not mentioned here. Still, by reading at least some of his books we get a glimpse of his thoughts and his philosophies of life and hopefully get motivated to do something better for society as well as the country.
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