Books written by Mahatma Gandhi

If you want a complete list of books written by Mahatma Gandhi, then you have arrived at the right place. Here you will find books written by Mahatma Gandhi.

For your information, Gandhiji has created a huge literature during his lifetime. MK Gandhi was a voracious reader and writer. 

Young India and Harijan were the weekly magazines published by Mahatma Gandhi.

Navajivan trust is the publication that was started by Mahatma Gandhi. 

Mohandas Gandhi understood the importance of literature very well. The existence of a person or an organisation depends upon literature.

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Some columns in the magazines like Young India & Harijan were meant to be published as books. An autobiography or The story of my experiments with the truth was originally published in a newspaper column, distributed by Navajivan Trust, Ahmedabad. 

Later the issues from Navajivan trust took the form of Gandhiji's autobiography. 

The important thing to be noted is that most of the books written by Mahatma Gandhi were originally in the Gujarati language. Gujarati was his mother tongue. He knew that it would be easy for him to express his thoughts in Gujarati.

This post excludes the list of books:

  1. That are not the famous composition by MK Gandhi
  2. Collected works of Mahatma Gandhi
  3. Compilation of newspaper/magazine articles into books
  4. The books on Gandhi by other authors.

The examples are: Wheel of fortune, Self-restraint vs self-indulgence, Truth is God, India of my dreams etc. Though, these books are the compilation of Gandhi Ji's writings and the source of great knowledge. But this post concentrates its focus on Mahatma Gandhi's ambitious writings to make a book.

Here is the list of books originally authored by Mahatma Gandhi:

  1. Unto this last paraphrase
  2. Satyagraha in South Africa
  3. Hind Swaraj
  4. An autobiography: The story of my experiments with Truth
  5. Key to health

If you want to understand Gandhi Ji then these are the must-read books. These 5 books are the original creation of Mahatma Gandhi. 

According to the Gandhi heritage portal, there are 7 key books written by Gandhiji + 1 translation of Bhagavad Gita.

Those 7 books include:

  1. Hind Swaraj
  2. Satyagraha in South Africa
  3. An autobiography: The story of my experiments with Truth
  4. From Yeravda Mandir/Mangal Prabhat
  5. सत्याग्रह आश्रम का इतिहास
  6. Constructive Programme: It's Meaning and Place
  7. Key to health
  8. Gospel of Selfless Action (Translation of Gita)

Other books written by Mahatma Gandhi

  1. My jail experiences
  2. Third class in Indian railway

Conclusion

According to me, the key books written by Gandhiji were

  1. Unto this last paraphrase
  2. Hind Swaraj
  3. Satyagraha in South Africa
  4. An autobiography or The story of my experiments with Truth
  5. Key to health

These 5 books include most of the important aspects of Gandhi Ji's life. One should not restrict himself to these books only. The literature provided by Gandhiji is huge. And it could not be covered in a list.

But a beginner should at least read the five books to understand Gandhiji. The students of Gandhian studies are highly recommended to read these books. They cover the basics of Gandhian studies. Moreover, they are all very interesting.

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