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Jayaprakash Narayan: Selected Works (Volume 6)

Bimal Prasad (Editor)
Synopsis Jayaprakash Narayan (1902-79) was one of the most prominent leaders and thinkers that India has produced in modern times. Although he never sought power for himself, he played a major role not only in the struggle for Independence, but also in the Socialist and Sarvodaya movements and finally in the movement for strengthening democracy, popularly known as the J.P. movement. This series of volumes has been planned with a view to presenting as comprehensive a picture as possible of the evolution of J.P.’s political life and thought through his writings, speeches and letters. As he was in many ways a mirror of his times, it is hoped that the series will also provide a glimpse of the main currents of ideas and movements during the times in which he lived and worked. The present volume covers a period of four years (1950-4). Those years witnessed several important political developments, such as the holding of the first general elections in India (1952) the formation of the Praja Socialist Party as a result of the merger of the Socialist Party and the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party (1952); the failure of the talks between Nehru and J.P. in order to ensure cooperation between the Congress and the PSP (1953) and controversy over them in the ranks of the PSP; growing involvement of J.P. in the Bhoodan-Gramdan movement and his announcement of Jeevandan. J.P.’s deep interest in the struggles of various trade unions till 1952, are also fully covered through his addresses to their members as also his correspondence with the officials and Cabinet Ministers, at the Centre as well as in Bihar. The same applies to J.P.’s deep interest in the fight for democracy in Nepal.
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Bimal Prasad

Professor Bimal Prasad, formerly Professor of South Asian Studies and Dean, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and India’s Ambassador to Nepal, is at present Honorary Director, Rajendra Prasad Academy and Honorary Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (both in New Delhi). Before joining the School of International Studies, Professor Prasad was Research Fellow at the Columbia University (New York) and Professor of History, Patna University. In later years he was Senior Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds. Professor Prasad has authored and edited several books relating to Modern Indian History and Foreign Policy. His latest work, Pathway to India’s Partition, is a trilogy of which two volumes have already been published: The Foundations of Muslim Nationalism (New Delhi, 1999) and A Nation within a Nation (New Delhi, 2000). A close associate of J.P., Professor Prasad has earlier edited three single-volume selections of his writings: Socialism, Sarvodaya and Democracy (Bombay, 1964), A Revolutionary’s Quest (New Delhi, 1980) and Jayaprakash Narayan: Essential Writings, 1929-79 (New Delhi, 2002). Besides, he has authored Gandhi, Nehru and J.P. : Studies in Leadership (New Delhi, 1985) and Jayaprakash Narayan: Quest and Legacy (New Delhi, 1992).

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Title Jayaprakash Narayan: Selected Works (Volume 6)
Author Bimal Prasad
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1s ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173046425
length xxxiii+561p., Index; 25cm.
Subjects Biography