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The two decades just prior to India’s independence…
When the aspirations of a nation that had been slumbering and crouching in fear were aroused, and ordinary men and women were inspired to extraordinary courage and sacrifice…
When a frail, gentle, saintly person strode mightily like a colossus across the length and breadth of this country…
And what titans rose up in this India in those times – Vallabhbhai Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vinoba Bhave, Jayaprakash Narayan – the list goes on…
And what about the children of these freedom fighters and social workers? No ordinary cosseted childhood for them. With parents in jail most of the time, they grew up in ashrams, as the children of all the inmates.
A chronicle of those times, and the times post independence, written as a biography of one of these children, who grew up under the eyes of the Mahatma, and became a true Gandhian – perhaps the last of the Gandhians.
A tale also of the anguish that great parents induce in their children – the classic example being Harilal Gandhi, the estranged eldest son of Gandhiji, in whom the author sees an image of himself, and of all such other children.
A must read for anyone interested in a first-hand narrative of India’s struggle for independence, and the times thereafter.
Sukrat Desai is presently associated with The Times of India, Ahmedabad, as a chief copy-editor.
With this book, he is testing the waters in the world of literature and creative writing. An Osho-lover, Sukrat (39) also takes an in-depth interest in Gandhian history and philosophy, other historic figures and their biographies.
Sukrat is the great grandson of Mahadev Desai, who was a personal secretary to Mahatma Gandhi. He lives with his wife and son in Ahmedabad. Sukrat’s next untitled book, a fiction, will be based on the 2008 serial blasts of Ahmedabad and their role in global terrorism.
He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org