Author: P D Tandon
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): R K Tandon
Publisher: National Book Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788123774060
The present book is based on the renowned journalist and freedom fighter, P.D. Tandon's interactions and experience with Jeewatram Bhagwandas (J.B.) Kripalani, popularly known as Acharya Kripalani. A Gandhian, Kripalani was a man of masses who was involved in the Non-Cooperation Movement and worked in Gandhi Ashram for the cause of social reform and education.
He was the President of the Indian National Congress who later formed the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party which subsequently merged itself into the Praja Socialist Party. He was a powerful writer and an eloquent speaker, who contributed to Indian politics both in the pre and post Independence era.
FROM THE BOOK PREFACE:
Acharya J.B. Kripalani was a rare man and was dead against waste. He disliked wastage. He always led a normal and dedicated life. He was not a very good conversationalist but when he was with those whom he liked, he could go on talking very intelligently and vehemently for long hours. A devoted politician, Kripalani enjoyed the company of his non-political friends. He used to go to the house of Professor Bhabani Shanker, who lived just in front of the Swaraj Bhawan. He sat there for hours together and enjoyed Professor's company.
Acharya Kripalani had simple habits and he loved austerity. This does not mean that he did not enjoy good things of life but he never longed for them. He was very fond of beautiful gardens. One day when he was to leave Swaraj Bhawan he continued looking intensely at the Swaraj Bhawan lawns and was lost in its beauty. His wife disturbing him asked, "How long will you stand here? There are also other things to do." He replied, "Since we are leaving Swaraj Bhawan, now let me have the good look at it. At least for sometime more."
It may be mentioned that Kripalani's wife Sucheta was twenty years younger to him but they lived like an ideal couple and enjoyed each and every day of their lives. Their fondness of each other never diminished and they continued to love each other as long as they lived. Sucheta was gentle and very charming. She was a very intelligent woman and had her own place in the political life of the country and did a lot of work for Kasturba Memorial Fund. Admired by her colleagues and opponents alike, she became the first woman to be elected as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
1. His Early Life
2. A Man of Terrible Wit and Sarcasm
3. A Leader in the Shavian Mould
4. The Great Survivor
5. A Rare Intellectual
6. Gandhi's Most Devoted Follower
7. My First Meeting with Dada
8. Sucheta and Acharya
9. Horror at Noakhali
10. My Days with Dada
11. My Memories of Sucheta
12. His Last Days
13. Kripalani—In the Eyes of Contemporaries
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