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The Mahatma on the periphery

MAHATMA GANDHI AND HIS APOSTLES Ved Mehta Penguin, 1977 (reissued 2014) xii + 300 pages; Rs 399 Why has Penguin inflicted anew on Indian readers this desultory book on Mahatma Gandhi, quite the worst by a long chalk among the lot I have read? That may sound heretical in view of the many laudatory reviews excerpted on the flyleaf of this edition (obviously not corrected or updated). "It has not aged well" might be a charitable explanation, but I would have rated it the same had I read it when it first came out 37 years ago. The contents of the book appeared initially in The ...