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Mahatma Gandhi letter

Identifier: Ms-0124-SC

Scope and Contents

The Mahatmas Gandhi letter consists of a small letter written in Gujarati from Gandhi to “Brother Gunaji” and a translated copy of the letter. The letter addresses Gunaji’s [father of Dr. Narenda Gunaji, the donor] change of heart regarding the marriage of Indumati Gunaji and Dr. Tendulkar. In the letter, Gandhi includes a small caricature of himself.


  • 1944

Biographical / Historical

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948), called Mahatma Gandhi, was the charismatic leader who brought the cause of India's independence from British colonial rule to world attention. His philosophy of non-violence, for which he coined the term satyagraha, influenced both nationalist and international movements for peaceful change. Gandhi's principle of satyagraha (from Sanskrit satya: truth, and graha: grasp/hold), often translated as "way of truth" or "pursuit of truth", inspired other democratic activists, including Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lennon and the 14th Dalai Lama. He often said that his values were simple; drawn from traditional Hindu beliefs: truth (satya), and non-violence (ahimsa).



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A letter written by Mohandas Gandhi to Dr. Narenda Gunaji's father in 1944.

Processing Information

Merleen Dibert, December 1979
Guide to the Mahatma Gandhi letter
Merleen Dibert
December 1979
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Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

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PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA