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In 1959 the UNESCO published a compilation of Gandhij’s writings, viz. All Men Are Brothers, with a view to familiarizing the people of the world with his life, work and mission, hoping that it would help mankind in its troubled condition of our age. The writings were selected and compiled in a way that would introduce the reader to Gandhiji’s writings, work, personality and way of life, as the common man cannot have a direct approach to the vast mass of Gandhiji’s writings. This compilation was published in French and Spanish also.
Navajivan Trust has published the Indian Edition of UNESCO’s English compilation as well as its Hindi and Gujarati translations. All the three versions have been well received and there have been three successive editions of all of them.
This little booklet, Gandhi’s Life in His Own Words, comprises of the first chapter of the UNESCO’s compilation, viz. All Men Are Brothers. Gandhiji’s life and thoughts from his birth to his death on January 30, 1948, i.e. up to twenty hours before his death, have been encompassed in it. This very brief but comprehensive compilation has been made and edited by Shri Krishna Kripalani, Chairman of the National Book Trust. We are thankful to him for his permission to publish this chapter as a separate booklet.
Of late, the common people, especially the younger generation, have been eager to know about Gandhiji’s life. This booklet is made available at a price that barely covers its production cost in order to satisfy the people’s need. We hope that this compilation will evoke suitable appreciation among its readers. Its Gujarati and Hindi versions have also been brought out.