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REVOLUTIONARY GANDHI
A great revolutionary appraises the greatest revolutionary of modern times
By : Pannalal Dasgupta
Translated by : K. V. Subrahmonyan
Published by : Earthcare Books, India
Pages : 490+24
Price : Rs. 395/-

About the Book:
Pannalal Dasgupta (aka Panna Babu) wrote the Bengali original of this outstanding, insightful book on Gandhi in 1954-55, when imprisoned in the Alipore Central Jail. An indomitable revolutionary himself, he realised that Gandhi was indeed an extraordinary revolutionary who sought a radical change in the human condition, which could not be brought about without causing a ferment in society.
Gandhi was a dreamer, but also a man of action par excellence. His revolution was unique in that it had to be non-violent, and had, at every step, to be tested on ‘the touchstone of truth’. “Truth is God,” he declared. His enquiry pervaded all fields of life: food, agriculture, education, health, society, man-woman relationship, cottage industry, uplift of the downtrodden, religion, politics, struggle, and above all, human freedom.
The book delves deep into Gandhiji’s personality to understand his spiritual quest, which he insisted was an intrinsic part of his political activity. In a strikingly original chapter, Panna Babu examines Gandhi’s views in the light of Marxism, and Marxian thought and action from the Gandhian perspective. He regrets that the Indian leftists failed to recognize Gandhi as a true revolutionary and an incomparable leader of the Indian masses. That was a historical blunder.
Entire chapters are devoted to Gandhiji’s relationship with Rabindranath Tagore, and with Subhas Bose; as also to his views on Hindu-Muslim unity, constructive programme, economics and ethics, and trusteeship.
In the end, the issue of Gandhism – and whether there is something as Gandhism – is incisively discussed, including the relevance of Gandhi in modern times. Doubtless, he raised many fundamental questions to which no ideology or ‘ism’ has yet been able to furnish a satisfactory answer.

About Author:
Pannalal Dasgupta (born in or around 1905) founded the 'Tagore Society for Rural Development' in 1969 with financial assistance from Jayaprakash Narayan. The activities of the Society are now spread over the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh. In 1978, Panna Babu also revived 'Amar Kutir' in 1934 which was once a refuge for the activists of the freedom movement. In the fifties, he was greatly influenced by the non-violent revolutionary Gandhi. Ha was also keen on reviving the charkha or spinning wheel, in consonance with Gandhi's vision of self-reliant production by the masses.
K. V. Subrahmonyan (KVS), born in 1932 in Tamil Nadu, translated this book from Pannalal Dasgupta's original in Bengali, titled Gandhi Gabeshana. He is conversant with several Indian languages and a few European ones as well and has lived in ashrams and done social work for more than forty years.