Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. He was awarded the “Man of the Year” title by the famous Time magazine. Although Gandhi did not receive the Nobel Peace Prize, he was nominated five times between 1937 and 1948, including the first-ever nomination by the American Friends Service Committee. He was a hero to many, a legend to those who believed in his philosophy. There has aways been many books portraying his life and his philosophy. “I am Gandhi” is one of those books, but what makes it special is that this is a graphic biography that has twenty-five exceptional comic creators join forces to share the story of Gandhi’s inspiring ideals.
The novel covers Gandhi’ life since his birth in Porbandar, all the way up until he was a young man in India and he saw firsthand how people were treated unfairly like how he was treated with discrimination because of his skin colour and heritage, like all people of colour. He was not allowed to sit with European passengers in the stagecoach and told to sit on the floor near the driver, then beaten when he refused, elsewhere he was kicked into a gutter for daring to walk near a house, in another instance thrown off a train at Pietermaritzburg after refusing to leave the first-class. He sat in the train station, shivering all night and pondering if he should return to India or protest for his rights. Refusing to accept injustice, he came up with a brilliant way to fight back through quiet, peaceful protest. He used his methods in South Africa and India, where he led a nonviolent revolution that freed his country from British rule. Perhaps, the most famous protest he did during this time was the Salt March, to protest Britain’s heavy taxes on Indian’s salt imports. This campaign was one of his most successful at upsetting British hold on India. Through his calm, steady heroism, Gandhi changed the lives of millions and inspired civil rights movements all over the world, proving that the smallest of us can be the most powerful.
Galvanized by Gandhi’s example of gentle, peaceful activism, New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer asked his friends in the comic book world to help him make a difference by creating this philanthropic graphic novel. Twenty-four illustrators–including many of the most acclaimed artists in comics today–enthusiastically joined the project, agreeing to donate their work so that their royalties can go to Seeds of Peace, a non-profit organization that inspires and cultivates new generations of global leaders. This extraordinary biography is a glorious team effort that truly exemplifies Gandhi’s selflessness and love for humanity.
This book has stunning illustrations throughout and a compelling message about standing for justice and not giving into violence. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to read about a icon of peace and equality. This is a wonderful read for people alike.