17 May 2007

AFTER GANDHI WHAT? THE NEVER PUBLISHED DISCUSSION




GANDHI IS GONE. WHO WILL GUIDE US NOW?

Nehru, Prasad, Azad, Vinoba, Kripalani, JP, and Others Introspect,
Sevagram, March 1948
Translated by Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Rupert Snell

As India became free on 15 August 1947, and Jawaharlal Nehru became the first prime minister of the country, the larger ‘Gandhi family’, comprising the political and non-political associates of the Mahatma, needed to think through their future equations. The Mahatma had planned a discussion on this and, in his meticulous manner, identified the venue and date for the meeting, which he intended to attend in Sevagram on 2 February 1948.

30 January 1948 intervened. Gandhi was assassinated.

But thanks primarily to Rajendra Prasad and Vinoba Bhave, the proposed conference did take place.

Published here for the first time sixty years on, the discussions of that conference remain amazingly pertinent, stimulating, and challenging today. This book is indispensable for anyone interested in Gandhi, his legacy, and the history of modern India.

The English translation is followed by the text of the Hindi original.

Hardback / 200pp / ISBN 81-7824-189-7 / Rs 295 / World rights

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