Mahatma Gandhi had four sons. Two of Mahatma Gandhi’s sons were born in India, while the other two were born in South Africa. Kasturba Gandhi was the wife of Mahatma Gandhi and she gave birth to their first child in the year 1885. Unfortunately, this child died soon after a few days of his birth. Thereafter four more sons were born to Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was only 18 years old when his first son was born.
Sons of Mahatma Gandhi:
- Harilal Mohandas Gandhi ( Born June 1888-Died 18 June 1948)
- Manilal Mohandas Gandhi ( Born 28th October 1892-Died 5 April 1956)
- Ramdas Mohandas Gandhi ( Born 4th May 1897-Died 1969)
- Devdas Mohandas Gandhi ( Born 22 May 1990-Died 3 August 1957)
The eldest son of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi was Harilal Gandhi. However, he was not as supportive of his father as a son could have been. Even Mahatma Gandhi has accepted that he was not able to convince his elder son to live a moral, disciplined and simple life. He was not allowed to go to England to study and these created differences between Mahatma Gandhi and his son Harilal. According to historians and Mahatma Gandhi, his eldest son Harilal rebelled against everything his father taught him and believed in. Renunciation of foreign clothes, morality (Harilal was accused of raping his own daughter), abstinence from sexual activities, etc. were all shun by Harilal. He even became an alcoholic and went further to renounce the Hindu religion. Harilal converted to Islam against the wishes of his father Mahatma Gandhi. He also became a trader of British clothes when the whole nation was burning them due to Swadeshi push. Harilal Gandhi died due to liver disease.
Mahatma Gandhi’s youngest son Devdas Gandhi served as the Managing Editor at Hindustan Times in New Delhi. Devdas Gandhi was married to the daughter of C. Rajagopalachari and had 3 sons and a daughter. Mahatma Gandhi’s third son Ramdas Gandhi was born and raised in South Africa and actively participated in the civil protests against the British rule in the 1930s in India. The second son of Mahatma Gandhi, Manilal Gandhi went to South Africa with his parents in 1897. In his later life, Manilal Gandhi became the editor of the Indian Opinion, a Gujarati-English weekly publication. He died in Durban, South Africa.