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Harilal Gandhi in 1910
|Died||18 June 1948 (aged 60)
Bombay, Bombay Province, India
(now Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)
|Parent(s)||Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Harilal wanted to go to England for higher studies and hoped to become a barrister as his father had once been. His father firmly opposed this, believing that a Western-style education would not be helpful in the struggle against British rule over India. Eventually rebelling against his father's decision, in 1911 Harilal renounced all family ties
Harilal married to Gulab Gandhi and they had five children, two of whom died at an early age. Nilam Parikh, the daughter of Ramibehn, who was the eldest of Harilal's children, wrote a biography on him, titled Gandhiji's Lost Jewel: Harilal Gandhi.
Conversion of religions
Conversion to Islam
It is said that for a short time Harilal converted to Islam and named himself Abdullah Gandhi.
Conversion to Hinduism through Arya Samaj
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In June 1935, Mahatma Gandhi wrote a letter to Harilal, accusing him of raping Harilals deceased wife's sister who is a child widow. He also urged him to give up "alcohol and debauchery". In the letter, Mahatma Gandhi stated that Harilal's problems were more difficult for him to deal with than the struggle for Indian republic.
Gandhi, My Father
The troubled relationship between Harilal and his father is the subject of the film and play Gandhi, My Father. The film adaptation was released on 3 August 2007 and directed by Feroz Abbas Khan and produced by Anil Kapoor. Harilal is portrayed by Akshaye Khanna. Khan's play, Mahatma vs. Gandhi, while different from this film, had a similar theme. There is also a Marathi play named Gandhi virudh Gandhi.
- Harilal Gandhi: What Life by Chandulal Bhagubhai Dalal
- Gandhiji's Lost Jewel: Harilal Gandhi by Nilam Parikh, grand daughter of Harilal Gandhi
- Dinkar Joshi (1 January 2007). Mahatma Vs Gandhi. Jaico Publishing House. ISBN 978-81-7992-700-7.