I wish to acknowledge with gratitude my indebtedness to all the persons and journals mentioned by me in connection with the anecdotes of Mahatma Gandhi narrated in this work.
My particular thanks are due to Acharya Kaka Kalelkar for generously writing the
Foreword and for permitting me to reproduce a brief chapter of his own
reminiscences of Gandhiji entitled "An Ideal Prisoner" which appears on page
128; to Shri. D. G. Tendulkar and Vithalbhai K. Jhaveri for their ready consent
to the inclusion in this work of two contributions—one of them by myself—which
had appeared in their book of tributes entitled Gandhiji,
namely "The Prince of Beggars" (p. 124) and "Lessons in Journalistic Ethics" (p.
149); to Shri Gurdial N. Mallik for permission to reproduce his story "A Walk
With Children" (p. 117) which had been originally contributed by him to Pushpa,
the "Children's Own Magazine" published in Bombay;
to Shri Pangal Manjunath Nayak and his daughter Dr. Nirupma Nayak for their
courtesy in permitting me to reproduce in facsimile two of the letters which
Gandhiji had written to the latter two decades ago; and to Shri M. G. Kamath,
Editor, Dharti-Ke-Lal, New Delhi, for his invaluable help in the
initial stage of the preparation of this work.
A special debt of gratitude is due from me to the Navajivan Trust, on whose two journals,
Young India and Harijan, I have freely drawn for the sources of a
good many of the anecdotes of the Father of the Indian Nation related in this book.