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Mahatma Betrayed

Pramod Kumar (Author)
Synopsis Mahatma Betrayed is a study of the gradual decline of Gandhi’s charismatic political power after the withdrawal of Non-cooperation Movement in 1922. The period between 1922 and 1942 discussed in the present work deals with the conspiracies running behind the scenes without the knowledge of Gandhi, who abhorred secrecy in public life. Gandhi was not a power seeker but many including his trusted lieutenants, who had no faith in his philosophy of ‘truth’ and non-violence’, surrounded him. The sharp division of Gandhi’s followers into right and left wings prompted the British administrators to manipulate the Congress policies in accordance with their imperial interests. Grossly apprehensive of Gandhi’s conception of future India, the right wing of the Congress, mostly comprising capitalist and industrial tenancies of Congress, joined hands with the British administrators to stop formation of any close linked alliance between Gandhi and the left wing of the Congress. Many of those Mahaatma’s men were in fact the King’s men. Based on official documents, correspondences, memoirs and diaries, the book argues that Mahatma, who galvanized the dumb million poor and rural folk of India into a political force, seldom witnessed in the human history, failed to understand his own power hungry close associates, who hobnobbed with the British administration and turned the course of Indian history. The book reveals for the first time such glaring and astonishing facts and incidents and will be of immense interest to common readers, politicians, historians, political scientists and activists.
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About the author

Pramod Kumar

Born on 7 October 1952, in a remote village of District Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, India, Dr. Pramod Kumar has done Ph.D. on the American Imperialism in Philippines and D. Litt. Under the UGC scheme of Research Associateship, on the Struggle for Existence of British colonies of South Pacific Islands, the Fiji islands, the Solomon Islands, the islands of New Hebrides and Tonga. In 19987 his manuscript on the history of the Freedom Struggle of India bagged merit award of Rs. 10,000/= in a National Competition organized by Delhi administration. In 1992-93 he visited twice the India Office Records and Library (London), Broadland Archives (Southampton), school of Oriental and African Studies (London) and London School of Economics and Politics for the purpose of the collection of documents on Freedom Struggle of India. In 1993-94 he provided Editorial Assistance to bring a special issue of Young Indian on 1942’s Quit India Movement. He has also documented the role and experiences of transported political prisoners of Cellular Jail, /Andaman Islands with the financial assistance granted by ICHR and presented a paper “Hunger Strike in Andamans” at the European Social Science History Conference, the Hague, the Netherlands, in February 2002.

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Title Mahatma Betrayed
Author Pramod Kumar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121401917
length xviii+373p., References; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History