Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan stands alongside Nehru and Gandhi as one of the most eminent Indians of his time. He served as India's ambassador to Russia and advised, among others, Stalin, Mao, Nehru, and Indira Gandhi, and in May 1962 he became President of India. The details of his remarkable life are provided in this authoritative biography by his who has relied extensively on the Radhakrishnan papers, still privately possessed by his family, as well as on official archives within the country and abroad.
Sarvepalli Gopalâ€™s excellent biography of his distinguished father, once professor of eastern philosophy at Oxford and late President of India, shows that Indian biographical writing has at last found a distinct style of its own. At once affectionate and detached, Gopal has developed the psychological and sociological tools necessary to understand the complexity and tension of a westernized Hindu.
-Bhikhu Parekh, New Statesman and Society
Dr Gopal writes exquisite prose and his study of his distinguished parent is a model of restraint without reticence, and appreciation without extravagance.
-The Book Review
Masterly, and in some ways unique biography, Gopal devotes many pages to the intellectual, philosophical and spiritual development of his father, perhaps the greatest Indian thinker of the 20th century.
Gopal writes with total commitment to the subject but without being overawed by a father like Radhakrishnan. He writes with a wealth of details not available to any other writer.
-The Economic Times
Much more than a mere biography. It is simultaneously a philosophical portrait of India as it was transformed by one of the most distinguished intellects of our times. As such it confirms Gopalâ€™s place among historians of imminence who have created works of lasting significance.
Dr Sarvepalli Gopalâ€™s biography of his father stands as unique and outstanding contribution to history as well as to literature. It is a definitive biography in sweep and style.
-The National Herald