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Jayaprakash Narayan: Selected Works: Volume Three (1939-1946)

 
Bimal Prasad (Editor)
Synopsis Jayaprakash Narayan (1902-79) was one of the most prominent leaders and thinkers produced by India in modern times. Although never seeking 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 against authoritarianism (1974-7), popularly known as the J.P. movement. This series of volumes has been planned with a view to presenting as full 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 an idea of the main currents of ideas and movements during the times in which he lived and worked. The items included in this volume, among other things, illumine the nature of J.P.’s role in our struggle for freedom during the period of the Second World War. Particularly noteworthy in this regard are his letters to his comrades addressed from his cell in the special camp jail at Deoli (Rajasthan) in 1941 and his two letters to all freedom fighters sent from the underground in 1943, after his daring escape from the Hazaribagh Central Prison. Many of these items, particularly J.P.’s jottings, comments on books and letters while imprisoned in the Lahore Fort and Agra Central Prison (1943-6) also provide us an insight into the significant changes then taking place in his socio-political thinking—a precursor of the later shift in his credo, first from Marxism to democratic socialism and then to Gandhism or Sarvodaya.
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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 Three (1939-1946)
Author Bimal Prasad
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173044651
length xxviii+349p.