Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rajmohan Gandhi has been writing widely on various aspects of Independence movement, pak affairs etc.He has written biographies of both of his grandfathers Mahatma Gandhi and Rajaji. He is the son of Devadas Gandhi.
This book "Understanding the Founding Fathers: An Enquiry into the Indian Republic's Beginnings"   was authored   by  him more as a rejoinder to two popular authors viz Swami Sachidanand  of Gujarat, a critic of Gandhi and to prof Perry Anderson for his book The Indian Ideology .
Swami is less popular in our area and his writings are less known. But Prof Perry Anderson is known to left circle throughout the world by his write ups thro NLR- New Left Review. His book Indian Ideology    provoked debates and discussion   in the last 3 to 4 years. This book was introduced to me by RAVI (Rathna Ravi Our JAO,TU Activist, Translator of many good works) last year or so. I read it but not impressed much  observing  a kind of bias it shown. Com D Gnanaiah( a living giant of P&T movement and a long associate of  com Gupta, a Marxian scholar ) asked Ravi to translate it, I was told.

Rajmohan Gandhi has given his rebuttal to Perry by bringing some facts from authenticated sources, where perry fails to prove adequately. Perry has given his negative appraisal of Gandhi,Nehru.. positively appreciated the role of Jinnah, Nethaji and Dr Ambedkar. Rajmohan tried his best to disprove some of his negative appraisals in this book. One should read both Perry's Indian Ideology as well as Rajmohan's An Enquiry into Indian Republic's Beginning to get fair impression about our great Leaders of Independent movement of India.

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