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Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru: A Historic Partnership, 1916-1948 (Volume 4)

Madhu Limaye (Author)
Synopsis This is the fourth and final volume of Madhu Limaye’s study of the interaction between Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, the two most potent influences in modern Indian history. The volume covers the cataclysmic events of 1946-48 which witnessed the paralysis of the Central Government, the widespread communal violence, the acceptance of the Mountbatten Plan, birth of two Dominions, the subsequent mass exodus across the new borders and finally Gandhi’s tragic assassination. The author, himself a young articulate participant in India’s struggle for freedom, portrays Gandhi, in his last phase, heroically seeking to put out the communal conflagration and restore sanity as the ruling principle of intercommunal relationship and Jawaharlal supporting him from within the Government. The final chapters are devoted to the analysis of the philosophical and ideological interaction between the Master and the Disciple. Although 30 January 1948 is the study’s chronological limit, the final chapters pass in review Nehru’s 17-yeaer stewardship as Prime Minister and try to examine how far the Disciple was able to translate his Master’s vision into concrete policy and programme. It reaches the melancholy conclusion that in fair weather the Disciple often strayed from the Master’s path, but when the winds of adversity buffeted his Government Jawaharlal would muse reflectively on the drift of events, remember his Gandhian roots and nostalgically remark, “I am a relic of the Gandhi age”. The author arrives the conclusion that in the world threatened with nuclear holocaust and ecological disaster Gandhi’s ideal of a decentralized social order and his celebrated method of peaceful change would, perhaps, provide the clue to the ultimate answer for the problems of the strife-torn countries of the world.
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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 4)
Author Madhu Limaye
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1991
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170186056
length xiv+411p., Notes; Appendices; Index; 23 cm
Subjects History