To be wholly fruitful, the study of Gandhi should be more than historical it should be brought closer to our times and shown in relation to the needs and challenges of the nuclear age. this is one of the major preoccupations of the Gandhi Peace Foundation; and within limits, this is what the present book has attempted to do.
The limited first edition of the book
was designed and produced as a presentation to Dr. R.R. Diwakar,
Chairman of the Foundation, on his seventieth birthday. The
present edition is a considerable revised and enlarged one, and is
in many ways a more unified volume of studies. Some of the new
material had first appeared in the pages of Gandhi Marg, the
quarterly journal of the Foundation.
Our chief thanks are due to the many
writers on Gandhian themes who have made this volume possible; they
have been unstinting in their cooperation. We should also like
to thank the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan for collaborating with us in the
publication of the book; and Smt. Meera Mahadevan for reading the
proofs and compiling the index.