Ramdas Gandhi

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Ramdas Gandhi
Ramdas Mohandas Gandhi

2 January 1897
Died14 April 1969(1969-04-14) (aged 72)
Children3, including Kanu
RelativesHarilal, Manilal, Devdas (Brothers)

Ramdas Mohandas Gandhi (2 January 1897 – 14 April 1969) was the third son of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.[1] He was born in South Africa.[2] He outlived his parents and all of his brothers. He and his wife Nirmala had three children; Sumitra Gandhi, Kanu Gandhi and Usha Gandhi. He was active in his father's Indian independence movement.[3]

He had no taste for asceticism, yet participated in the grueling civil protests of the 1930s. Numerous jailings had serious effects on his health.[4] Raised in South Africa, he never adjusted to the idealistic poverty imposed by his father.[3]

At his father's funeral, Ramdas Gandhi was the one who had lit the fire to start the cremation, as Mahatma had wished for.[5] He was joined by his younger brother Devdas Gandhi at the funeral.

He died in 1969, aged 72.


  1. ^ "Four sons of Mohandas Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi". INDIAN CULTURE. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  2. ^ University, © Stanford; Stanford; California 94305 (15 June 2016). "To Ramdas M. Gandhi". The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b Posted by Prof. Dr. Yogendra Yadav on June 20, 2012 at 2:24am; Blog, View. "Mahatma Gandhi and his son Ramdas-I". gandhiking.ning.com. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  4. ^ Posted by Prof. Dr. Yogendra Yadav on June 20, 2012 at 4:39am; Blog, View. "Mahatma Gandhi and his son Ramdas-II". gandhiking.ning.com. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Ramdas Gandhi lights the funeral pyre of his father, Indian political..." Getty Images. Retrieved 25 April 2021.