Descendants throw new light on Gandhi's life and death

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NEW DELHI -- One paints a dispassionate view of the man better known as Mahatma Gandhi, the other stirs controversy about his murder. Both are fuelling renewed interest in the humble father of modern India.

Two newly-released chronicles of Gandhi's life and death, written by his descendants, have sold more than 10,000 copies each in nearly a month since they were launched. In India, a non-fiction book can become a bestseller with more than 7,000 copies sold.

Publishers said the sales proved Gandhi's legacy was relevant 59 years after his death and provided evidence of renewed interest that was sparked last year by a blockbuster comedy movie in which the leader plays mentor to gangsters.

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