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Gandhi's First Step: Champaran Movement

 
Shankar Dayal Singh (Author)
Synopsis Gandhiji took his first step of the freedom struggle of India in April 1917, in Champaran tract in North Bihar through his norms of non-violent adherence to the path of truth, fairness and justice in the face of the most hideous odds. He visited Champaran to have first-hand knowledge about the sufferings of the tenant peasants. Statements of about 13,000 tenant peasants were recorded by the followers of Gandhiji in this connection. On the basis of these statements, Lt. Governor of the State constituted an Enquiry Committee of which Mahatma Gandhi was also a member. The main objective of the book is to present to the public a selection of typical examples of the statements of the peasant tenants. The statements included in the book are without any editing, and as they were originally recorded by eminent leaders like Rajendrababu, Shri Brijkishore Prasad and others. However, for the ease of the reader, a write up explaining the typical examples of atrocities, has also been included in the book. For the purpose of understanding the Champaran Movement in its proper perspective, the author has included in the book all the relevant documents in respect of the findings, processes and the outcome of the movement.
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Shankar Dayal Singh

Dr. Shankar Dayal Singh (bron in 1937) is a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) representing the State of Bihar. Earlier, he had been a Member of Lok Sabha. He is a true Gandhian, Writer and Thinker. He has penned over three dozen books, and edited a dozen books. Dr. Singh was conferred with Vidya Varidhi (D. Litt.) by Vikran Shila Vidyapeeth, in 1988. He was honoured with the Award of 'Bihar Ratna' in 1990 for the Cultural, Social and Literary Services rendered by him. He was also honoured with the 'Shevde Hindi Sevi Puraskar' by the President of India in 1993, for prestigious services of Rashtra Bhasha, Hindi. Dr. Shankar Dayal Singh is Chairman of Delhi Public Library; Vice Chairman of the Parlimentary Committee on Official Language; Deputy Chairman of All India Council for Child Development, and the Vice President of Bihar Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, besides being on the committees of various other cultural, social and educational institutions. Dr. Singh has made very valuable contributions to the socio-political and cultural life of India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Gandhi's First Step: Champaran Movement
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1994
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170188342
length xxii+260p., 22cm.
Subjects History