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Ramdas Gandhi
Ramdas Mohandas Gandhi

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

Ramdas Mohandas Gandhi (2 January, 1897 – 14 April, 1969) was the third son of Mahatma Gandhi. He was a freedom activist in his own right.[1]


Ramdas was born in the Colony of Natal, the third son of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi.[2] He had two older brothers, Harilal and Manilal, and one younger brother, Devdas Gandhi.

He was married to Nirmala Gandhi, and they had three children, including Kanu Gandhi and Sumitra Kulkarni.

Raised in South Africa on one of his father's ashram-farms, Ramdas would, as an adult, tend to deprecate the idealistic poverty imposed by his father on all his associates. He had no taste for asceticism and considered that his father's lifestyle was nothing more than a personal fetish which caused inconvenience to others, including the Gandhi family.

Nevertheless, he was a passionate nationalist and freedom fighter, and an active participant in the grueling civil protests of the 1930s which his father led. He was imprisoned numerous times by the British, and these prolonged stints in jail had serious effects on his health.[3]

At his father's funeral, Ramdas Gandhi was the one who lit the funeral pyre, as he had desired.[4] 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.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Posted by Prof. Dr. Yogendra Yadav on June 20, 2012 at 4:39am; Blog, View. "Mahatma Gandhi and his son Ramdas-II". Retrieved 25 April 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Ramdas Gandhi lights the funeral pyre of his father, Indian political..." Getty Images. Retrieved 25 April 2021.