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The Collected Works of Lala Lajpat Rai: (Volume 14)

B.R. Nanda (Editor)
Synopsis Lala Lajpat Rai was one of the outstanding leaders of modern India, a contemporary of Dadabhai Naoroji, Tilak, Gokhale and Gandhi. His public life spanned the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first three decades of the twentieth century. He practised law at the Lahore Chief Court and built up a lucrative practice, but was drawn very early into public activities pertaining to religious, educational and social reforms and then into nationalist politics. Lajpat Rai was one of the foremost leaders of the Indian National Congress. His arrest and deportation without trial to Burma in 1907 created a great sensation in India. He spent the war years (1914-18) in the United States propagating the Indian case for self government. He returned to India in 1920 and had the honour of presiding over the Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress which approved of Gandhi's campaign for non cooperation with the government. He was deputy leader of the Swaraj Party in the Central Legislative Assembly and played a prominent role in provincial as well as national politics in the 1920s. While leading a demonstration against the Simon Commission at Lahore in 1928 he received injuries in an assault by the police which hastened his death.

The fourteenth volume in the series is mainly the reprint of Lajpat Rai's Last major work Unhappy India. In 1927 when Lajpat Rai was in London, Miss Katherine Mayo's muckraking Mother India appeared. The book constituted a wholesale and indiscriminate vilification of Indian civilization and character by a foreign journalist. Aptly called a "drain inspector's report" Gandhiji, Mother India created quite a Stir in India as well as in Britain.

Lajpat Rai was convinced that the publication was a part of the unscrupulous anti-Indian propaganda organized and financed by those who were opposed to India's claim for self government. He would not allow to go unchallenged the calumnies heaped by Miss Mayo on the Indian people. On his return to India he made it his first duty to write a fitting reply to Mother India and by January 1928 his Unhappy India was in the press.
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About the author

B.R. Nanda

B.R. Nanda, Chief Editor of the series, formerly Founder-Director of the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, is a leading historian of modern India and is the author of Mahatma Gandhi: A Biography; Gokhale, Indian Moderates and the British Raj; The Nehrus; Jawaharlal Nehru: Rebel and statesman; Gandhi and his critics; Gandhi: Pan Islamism, Imperialism and Nationalism; In Gandhi’s Footsteps: Life and Times of Jamnalal Bajaj; The making of a nation: India’s road to Independence; In search of Gandhi, and other books.

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Title The Collected Works of Lala Lajpat Rai: (Volume 14)
Author B.R. Nanda
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173048470
length xvi+428p.,
Subjects History