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Walking Alone
Walking Alone
 
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Author : Bhashyam Kasturi
Publisher : Vision Books
ISBN# : 9788170944454
Pages : 152
Price :INR 190
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Book Description

This

book explores the political and personal life of Mahatma Gandhi through the

traumatic period, 1946-48, which saw the partition and independence of India,

and the worst-ever communal holocaust in the subcontinent.





The

book unfolds how partition came about even as Gandhis strongest convictions

were against such a division. The author traces Gandhis role within and

outside the Congress and describes how the Mahatma was politically sidelined

from the very start of the negotiations for the transfer of power. The result

was that when the Congress agreed to the partition of Bengal and Punjab in March

1947, it did not even consult the Mahatma; he was ""in the picture"",

but out of accord with Congress policy.





Sensing that his political views counted for less and less, Gandhi accepted the reality

of partition, though he could never personally reconcile to it, and turned

his attention to dousing the raging communal fires. Thus, his astonishing

Noakhali pilgrimage, and his fasts in Calcutta and Delhi which gained him both

unprecedented admiration and ultimately cost him his life.





The overriding impression of the period is that of a man walking alone, holding

steadfast to his conscience and convictions as his only true guides in a

situation which both saddened and bewildered him. The book also offers some

clues to help unravel the enigma of Mahatma Gandhis personal life and

discusses his fasts and the controversial brahmacharya experiments of his last years.



 

 
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