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Gandhi to Gandhi: Private Faces of Public Figures

 
Ansar Harvani (Author)
Synopsis Mahatma Gandhi and Indira Gandhi. Between them stretches a poignant era of India’s contemporary history. A unique independence movement, both militant and non-violent. Freedom at midnight. The blood-socked Partition. Consolidation backlash. A ruling dynasty. The players were unique. Gandhi, a baffing combination of Bania and Vairagi. Patel, the iron-man with his communal feet of clay. Jinnah, winner of Pakistan with the help of his stenographer. Azad, deeply religious yet secular to the core, Subhas, prince among patriots exiled by his compatriots. Ambedkar, the voice of the dumb Daits. Nehru, a socialist pretender sporting a rose after the Great Mughals. Indira who clamped Emergency to save her inherited throne. With his double advantage of a freedom-fighter and journalist, Ansar Harvani tells us about them. Rich with first hand experience, deep insight and heart-warming prose, the characters come alive. The little-known facts about well-known men (and a women) give human dimension to the icons. It is left to Harvani, like the child of the fable, to point out that the king is without clothes.
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About the author

Ansar Harvani

Ansar Harvani was born on February 14, 1916, in a small town, Rudauli in Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh. At the age of 12, he joined the demonstration against Simon Commission, headed by Jawaharlal Nehru and Pandit Pant. Later, he joined Aligarh Muslim Unviersity where he organised a students' conference presided over by Jawaharlal Nehru. In 1939, ansar Harvani was elected member of A.I.C.C. and joined hands with Netaji subhas Bose. He went underground and worked for Quit India Movement. He tried to cross to the Japanese-occupied area, but was captured. on his release in 1946, he vehemently opposed India's partition. in 1957 he was elected to Lok Sabha, served on several important comittees, and joined important delegations. Ansar Harvani started his journalistic career with Bombaychronicle, served the National Herald, Amrita Bazar Patrika and Blitz, and edited clandestine news-sheets during Quit India Movement.

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Bibliographic information

Title Gandhi to Gandhi: Private Faces of Public Figures
Author Ansar Harvani
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121205182
length x+258p., Index; 23cm.