Analysis Of Gandhi's Personal Life

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2. Gandhi’s Personal Life – a Tale worth Telling Gandhi’s personal life has been subjected to numerous criticisms since his autobiography is perhaps the only full length text that magnifies Gandhi’s most intimate details. The success Gandhi achieved in his lifetime did not come easy for either him or for the Gandhi family. Apart from the sacrifices Gandhi made on his own accord, certain sacrifices were made by his family that went unnoticed. Since the head of the family lived to find a pathway to greatness, other members of the family followed him. Some were rebellious; others submerged their identity into his and lost themselves forever in this journey. In this section we begin with reading the personal dimension of Gandhi’s life. His personal…show more content…
But his intimate life with his family members have been a secret, we have few letters that have been made public. The life that went inside the closed quarters of his home is unknown to the world. Gandhi’s distorted relationship with his own son, and a silent relationship with Kasturba is open for criticism. In this discourse we can easily deduce that though Gandhi failed as a father, similarly, on many levels the implications of his image also affected his personal life with Kasturba. Kasturba as a wife was too self sacrificing; she believed it was her duty. This sacrificial act kept the sanctity in her married life. This section of the paper will examine these relationships, and establish that though the relationships may differ but the dimensions of the relationship were same, and the outcome was…show more content…
Harilal gave himself to alcohol, even as Gandhi gave himself upto Ramnama. The son suffered privations, the father won martyrdom and, possibly, moksha.”(Dalal, ix) Harilal and Gandhi were alike in many ways. In one of the letters, Mahatma Gandhi writes, “he is a brave boy in one sense, he makes no secret of his vice and his rebellion is an open rebellion.” Gandhi never doubted his son’s abilities and Harilal never stopped rebelling against his father. The first fallout between the father and son was upon selecting Chhaganlal, a distant nephew over his own son to become a barrister in England. It was Harilal’s ardent desire to become a barrister like his father, but he was never encouraged; instead he was sent to settle matters in Phoenix, South Africa. Gandhi may not have intentionally differentiated between his sons, but his actions appeared otherwise to Harilal, even when Gandhi may have deemed Harilal suitable for the
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