In 1940s India, Anjali’s mother joins Gandhi’s freedom movement. Her family has to make many adjustments and use “ahimsa” – non-violent resistance to stand up to the British government. Ten-year-old Anjali learns that even she can contribute to the cause. The caste system, English colonialism, religious strife between Muslim and Hindu groups, and social justice are all important topics in Anjali’s story. The book was inspired by the author’s great grandmother’s experience working with Gandhi. An extensive author’s note about India’s history, suggestions for further reading, and a glossary are included. mjw
Title: Ahimsa
Author: Supriya Kelkar
: Lee & Low Books, Inc. New York
: 2017
Original Language
: English
: 978-1620-1435-68
Hardcover pages
: 307
Age range
: 8 up
: Historical fiction
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: U.S.
: British occupation, Dalit, Gandhi, Girls and women, India – history, Non-violence, Reformers, Social classes, Untouchables

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