Harilal Mohandas Gandhi
: हरीलाल गांधी), (1888 – 18 June 1948) was the first son of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Harilal wanted to go to England for higher studies and hoped to become a barrister as his father had once been. His father firmly opposed this, believing that a Western-style education would not be helpful in the struggle against British rule over India
. Eventually rebelling against his father's decision, in 1911 Harilal renounced all family ties.
He converted to Islam
but later reverted back to Hinduism
. That did not bother his father, who believed that all religions were to be respected. His mother felt he should not be publicly displaying this back-and-forth type of behavior.
Harilal was married to Gulab Gandhi
. They had five children, two of whom died at an early age. Nilam Parikh
, the daughter of Ramibehn, who was the eldest of Harilal's children has written a biography on him, titled Gandhiji's Lost Jewel: Harilal Gandhi
He appeared at his father's funeral
in such derelict condition that few recognized him. He died from liver disease
on 18 June 1948 in a municipal hospital in Bombay
, Union of India
Gandhi, My Father
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