27 August, 2012

The Autobiography of Indulal Yagnik (Set)

The Autobiography of Indulal Yagnik (Set)

Volume 1: Part One: Life’s Development | Part Two: New Life in Gujarat
Volume 2: Part One: Imprisonments | Part Two: Life’s Struggle
Volume 3: Part One: Peasant Stories | Part Two: Last Streams

By- Devavrat N. Pathak, Howard Spodek and John R. Wood (Translators)

Indulal Yagnik’s Autobiography is an indispensable key to understanding: modern Gujarat and many of its leading personalities; the congress organization of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Morarji Desai; grass root peasant and tribal movements and their clash with the Congress; international dimensions of the freedom struggle; the Mahagujarat movement for a separate Gujarat state. On a more personal level, it reveals a brilliant but ‘unstable’ soul searching for his place in an unsupportive family and a political world that he found stifling, but with an array of friends and causes which sustained him.

These volumes reveal Indulal’s evolution from a young man of the elite Nagar Brahmin caste exploring the byways of his hometown of Nadiad; winning a series of scholarships to study philosophy, science, and law; beginning a life-long commitment to journalism by establishing Navajivan ane Satya, and later turning it over to Gandhi and moving to Ahemedabad; losing out in political struggles with Patel and deserting the movement; taking up filmmaking in Bombay; spending five years in England and Europe spreading propaganda for – and sometimes against – the Congress; returning to India to organize peasants and tribals and finally undertaking the defining struggle of his later years, the campaign for a separate state for Gujarat. Indulal presents his inner struggles and his relationships with friends and colleagues with unusual candour. From its first publication, Indulal’s Autobiography was regarded as a classic of Gujarati literature, politics, and culture. Now English readers can share in its richness.

Devavrat N. Pathak (1920-2006) served as a Professor in and Chair of the School of Social Sciences, Gujarat University; Vice-Chancellor of Saurashtra University; and Director of the Gandhi Peace Research Centre of the Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad.

Howard Spodek is a Professor of History at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA.

John R. Wood is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Centre for India and South Asia Research, University of British Columbia.

ISBN  978-81-7304-897-5    2011   1824p(set)   Rs.2500/ pounds 275(set)

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