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Jayaprakash Narayan: Selected Works, Volume IX (1966-1972)

Bimal Prasad (Editor)
Synopsis Jayaprakash Narayan (1902-79) was one of the most prominent leaders and thinkers that India 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 glimpses of the main currents of ideas and movements during the times in which he lived and worked. The present volume covers the period from early 1966 to early 1972. Just as the previous volume, it shows J.P. preoccupied with the Bhoodan-Gramdan Movement and at the same time actively concerned with the other socio-political problems faced by the country from time to time. This often led him to be embroiled in political controversies where he found himself attacked by both sides of the fence. However, J.P. was not at all deterred by it and continued to pursue his chosen path provided it seemed to him to be based on the principles of justice and fair play and served the interests of the country. The best illustration in this regard is provided by J.P.'s role in the solution of the Kashmir problem and this volume contains the texts of numerous letters of J.P. addressed to Indian as well as Kashmiri leaders, not previously available to the public. The same is true of his role in the liberation of Bangladesh, and his communication with the leaders of Bangladesh regarding the desirability of their taking the initiative in fostering regional cooperation in South Asia.
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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 IX (1966-1972)
Author Bimal Prasad
Format Hardcover
Date published: 05.11.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173047718
length xl+896p., 8 Illustrations