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Author: Anant Pai
Rajinder Singh Raj/
Painter/Illustrator/Animator: Dilip Kadam
Publisher: India Book House
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788175082021/0355/2663/0423
This set combines 4 issues titled:
1. Bhagat Singh
3. Jawaharlal Nehru the Early Days
4. Rabindranath Tagore
1. BHAGAT SINGH
Bhagat Singh is perhaps the most celebrated revolutionary of India. Bhagat Singh and his comrades were not blood-thirsty, trigger-happy terrorists. They were waging a war against a relentless colonial power. The odds were heavily against them. They were just a handful of selfless patriots and they had dared to take on the mighty British power. It was a battle they were not going to win.
Yet Bhagat Singh and his associates did not die in vain. They compelled the British authorities to sit up and take note of the deep unrest prevailing in the country. They showed their fellow countrymen how to dare and die. They gave young Indians a heritage from which to draw inspiration.
After a halting and defensive response to the challenge of the modern world, in the first part of the 19th century, India rose to her full spiritual stature in two unique teachers, Shri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda.
The following pages will give the reader the fascinating story of Vivekananda (1863-1902), who roused his nation from its sleep of centuries and gave to it a man-making and nation-building faith and resolve. At the same time, he imparted, to the waiting peoples of the West, the rational and universal message of India’s Vedanta philosophy. He also forged the unity of East and West – and all this within ten brief working years, from 1893 when he began his work to 1902 when he passed away.
3. JAWAHARLAL NEHRU-THE EARLY DAYS
“I am proud of that great inheritance that has been and is ours and I am conscious that I too, like all of us, am a link in that unbroken chain which goes back to the dawn of history in the immemorial past of India. That chain I would not break, for I treasure it and seek inspiration from it.”
These words of Jawaharlal Nehru extracted from his will provide the rationale for the selection of Nehru as the last regular title of the Amar Chitra Katha series that retold many a tale from Indian mythology, legend, history and folklore.
The volume traces the ancestry of Nehru and dwells over the early-years of his life that helped shaped this great man of destiny.
4. RABINDRANATH TAGORE
Rabindranath Tagore played a significant role in bringing about a new awakening in India in the latter half of the nineteenth century. His life and creative work provided the then Indian society with a purpose, direction and a programme. The impact of his personality transcended his native Bengal and came to be felt not only in other parts of India but also abroad.
Tagore was a genius with a many-sided personality. He was a poet, novelist, dramatist, musician, short-story writer, teacher, painter, educationist, philosopher and humanist. Shri Khanolkar, his biographer, describes his life as a long dream of colour and music, of beauty and heavenly genius, such as this world had never known before.
He has the unique distinction of being the only poet to have two of his songs-Jana Gana Mana and Amar Sonar Bangla-Adopted as the national anthems of two countries – India and Bangladesh respectively. Shanti-Niketan Stands to this day as a living monument to the Gurudev. He composed over 4,000 songs. His compositions have come to be known as Rabindra Sangeet.