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Earthen Lamps
Earthen Lamps

Earthen Lamps

by Jhaverchand Meghani

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Language

English

Publisher

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

ISBN

8172763573 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 248

Binding

Paperback

Jhaverchand Meghani

Author: Jhaverchand Meghani
Translator(s): Vinod Meghani
Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 248
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172763573

Description

This book, written in 1945-1946, is the account of some of the major events that took place in the life of Shri Ravishankar Maharaj, a silent grass-root Gandhian, who worked to uplift some of the so-called notified communities and to rescue them from the criminal tract, which time and circumstances had forced them to adopt. The book was widely acclaimed, well received by the public, received the Mahida award and was translated into many Indian languages. Its English translation, Earthen Lamps, was first published by the Sahitaya Akademi, New Delhi, in 1979.

Earthen Lamps can be classified as a memoir and also as a work on humanities. It depicts the phenomenal social work done during the years of freedom struggle by Shri Ravishankar Maharaj (Vyas), a staunch yet unassuming Gandhian, amid the communities in the Kheda and Charotar regions of north Gujarat-Patanwadiyas, Dharalas etc., the remnants of Kshatriya communities, mainly village peasants, illiterate yet proud and righteous in their own way, who had to take to crime owing to the exploitation and lack of political and social sensitivity. Ultimately the entire communities were branded as criminal and suffered the consequences of the insensitive officialdom and bureaucracy as well as an indifferent society.

Contents

GENERAL EDITOR’S PREFACE

TRANSLATOR’S NOTE

A PRECIOUS DOCUMENT OF CULTURAL REFORMATION
(Introduction by Kaka Kalelkar (Edited and translated)

MOTHERED BY THE MULTITUDE
(A compilation from the Author’s prefaces and responses)

To Teach You the Ethics of an Outlaw
A Youth Consumed by a Firework Rocket
The Roll-call
An animal Astray
The Courage of an Officer
A Faith Vindicated
For the Fair Name of Our Caste
The Thief
My Kinsfolk
A Philosopher Thief
A True Kshatriya
A Loaf in the Griddle
Babariya’s Son
Dee..p into the distant Past
Jee’ba
Babar Deva: I
Aliya the Pir
Babar Deva II
Colour Photographs

FIVE DAYS IN A MOBILE UNIVERSITY
(The Journal of the Author’s travel through the region with the Protagonist)

The First Whiff
The Dormant element
Ugly and Wicked
The Descendants of Sage Dadheech
The Memoirs of a Defiance
An Intense Love

APPENDIX I: Alphabetical informative Notes

APPENDIX II: Ravishankar Vyas (Maharaj): A Chronicle

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