Established in 1969, Manohar is a publishing house and a bookseller serving individuals and libraries. We export books by mail and have a bookstore at Ansari Road in Delhi.
Manohar initially sold only rare and out of print publications, but soon branched out into local sale/export of new books published in India, and then into publishing of scholarly works under its own imprint.
03 August, 2012
M.A. Ansari: Gandhi’s Infallible Guide
Gandhi’s Infallible Guide
‘flickering lamp’ history has obscured the role of Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari,
Mahatma Gandhi referred to his tenacity of character, his sense duty and his
passion for Hindu-Muslim unity. For over two decades, his political career had
been an extraordinary trek, attended by reverses and recoveries.
This book seeks
a better understanding Dr. Ansari in relation to his political environment. In
studying his ideas and engagements, M.A. Ansari: Gandhi’s Infallible Guide
charts the course plotted by him in his ambition to become the leader of the
Congress Muslims, a role which had eluded some of his leading contemporaries.
In this revised
and enlarged version, Mushirul Hasan examines the politics of the 1920s and
1930s with skill and ingenuity. He avoids hagiography and demonology while
bringing out all of Ansari’s strengths, as well as his weaknesses. Like many of
his recent writings, he demonstrates his grasp of the detail of Ansari’s life
with a magisterial ability to sweep the grand horizon. He contrasts his career
with that of Mohammed Ali, the hero of the Khilafat days, with special emphasis
on the impact of each upon the other.
offers a corrective to the distorted image of the ‘Nationalist Muslim’. He
refreshingly sheds much light on the pre- and post-Khilafat scenario, and
illuminates, above all, Gandhi’s role which shaped the politics of the early
1920s. He describes the rise of the communal temperature vividly and exceptionally
Muhirul Hasan teaches at the Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi.
2010 340p. Rs.850/ pounds 50