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Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru: A Historic Partnership, 1916-1948 (Volume 1)

Madhu Limaye (Author)
Synopsis This is the first volume of a three-volume study of the historic partnership between Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, the two principal architects of Indian Independence, by Madhu Limaye, himself a participant in the freedom movement and an outstanding intellectual. Their unique relationship is a fascinating subject for study. Not two personalities could have been so dissimilar in their background and psychological make up. It was the ideal of freedom that gave a point to Jawaharlal’s existence. He was drawn to Gandhi not only because he embodied the ideal of Swaraj but because his programme and method gave an outlet to Jawaharlal’s restless energy. In the first decade of their relationship Jawaharlal was a loyal follower of Gandhi, although he did not share his spiritual ideal. He was nonetheless profoundly influenced by his ends-and-means philosophy. Gandhi found in Jawaharlal an uncompromising champion of freedom, a man of integrity and truth, unmatched industry and great drive. Gandhi’s choice of successor was deliberate and not based only on emotion. Gandhi felt Jawaharlal was the best of the lot. After his trip to Western Europe, and Soviet Russia in 1926-27 Jawaharlal emerged as the leader of the “republican army” and articulate champion of a difference threatened to reach a breaking point in precipice telling Gandhi that after all he was his “child in politics though sometimes an errant and a truant one”. Gandhi resisted for two years the dynasty-conscious Motilal’s proposal to make Jawaharlal Congress President, but ultimately decided to “pitchfork” him into office in a bid to renew and broaden its appeal to the young people. Under Jawaharlal’s impulse Gandhi himself switched to Complete Independence and launched the great Civil Disobedience campaign in 1930. Jawaharlal gradually pushed the Congress towards a policy of the abolition of zamindari system, end to princely autocracy, and state ownership of key industries as the foundation of economic development.
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About the author

Madhu Limaye

Madhu Limaye (born 1 May 1922) was drawn into the national movement at an early stage. Socialist ideas held great fascination for him. Membership of the Congress Socialist Party came natural to him as he considered it to be the most determined vanguard of the anti-imperialist struggle and a party committed to basic social change. the struggle against foreign rule landed him in prison many times. His first imprisonment came in 1940-41 (When he was only a little over 18). He participated in the Quit India under ground movement and was detained under DIR till the end of the War. Limaye was associated with the Goa Liberation Movement and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by a Portuguese Military Tribunal. He was repeatedly imprisoned in the course of the struggle of the oppressed people for justice. He had to spend nineteen months in detention during the Emergency. India's leading intellectual, Limaye was elected member of the Lok Sabha four times, and has been an outstanding parliamentarian. He was deeply influenced by the personality and ideas of Rammanohar Lohia. Limaye has been a n outstanding parliamntarian. He was deeply influenced by the personality and ideas of Rammonohar Lohia. Limaye has been a fighter for civil liberties all his life. He himself argued his cases in the Supreme Court and was invariably successful. He is the author of many works on history, politics and current affairs in English, Hindi and Marathi.

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Title Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru: A Historic Partnership, 1916-1948 (Volume 1)
Author Madhu Limaye
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1989
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170185483
length x+280p., Appendices; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History