By D.D. Kosambi
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‘A extra heroic story has but to be informed . . . [Mohandas] is meticulously researched, written in felicitous prose and is a satisfaction to read’—Khushwant Singh, Outlook
A candid game of 1 of the main influential lives of contemporary instances, Mohandas eventually solutions questions lengthy requested in regards to the timid adolescence from PBI - India’s west coast who turned a century’s moral sense and led his country to liberty: What used to be Gandhi like in his everyday life and in his closest relationships? In his face-offs with an Empire, together with his personal bitterly divided humans, together with his adversaries, his relations and—his maximum confrontation—with himself?
Answering those and different questions, and freeing the real Gandhi from his shroud of popularity and fantasy, Mohandas, authored by way of a practised biographer who's additionally Gandhi’s grandson, does greater than inform a story.
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‘Rajmohan moves an outstanding stability during this entire paintings, lacing the painstakingly designated chronological account with simply the correct amount of interpretation. [His] procedure is going some distance in portray a portrait of Gandhiji that's very human, believable, and simple to spot with’ —Mukund Padmanabhan, The Hindu
‘An impeccable workout in objectivity . . . A striking functionality. This biography must be learn again and again . . . The bareness of Rajmohan’s recital of moods and occasions heightens the poignancy . . . Mahatma Gandhi was once a votary of restraint; this booklet exemplifies, magnificently, such restraint. The grandfather could have licensed of Rajmohan’s Mohandas’ —Ashok Mitra, Telegraph
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The sole practical test of his success has been, in the past, comparatively sudden increase in the human population with every important basic discovery in the means of production. 2] ARCHAEOLOGY AND ETHNOGRAPHY 7 than the instruments of production will allow, particularly when man has progressed from the food-gathering quasi-animal stage to that of food production, which definitely raises him above the animal. Our definition has the merit of forcing us to notice and to account for certain features peculiar to Indian society and history, such as caste, or the remarkable lack of historical sense among all but a few of the most recent intellectuals.
Generally, the immediate purpose in settled producing society is profit for the priest class, which insists that certain observances are necessary ; at a deeper level, the unwieldy mass of ritual serves to petrify the later society, to discourage innovation, to help preserve the class structure and the status quo. This is also the reason why some communities still remain atrophied as food-gatherers. In the earlier stage, the priest was either the tribal chief, head of a clan, or a specially dedicated medicine man, for patriarchal groups ; a goddess-chief-priestess or member of a sisterhood, with matriarchy.
We have to go much deeper than this for the grasp of Indian tradition. It is not the primitive tribes of other countries that are of primary interest here, nor primitive Indian survivals in marginal territory such as the Khasias, Nagas, Oraons, Bhils, Todas, Kadars. 3 survival as backward groups also furnishes the real problem for explanation in the light of historical development. India is a country of long survivals. People of the atomic age rub elbows with those of the chalcolithic. The vast majority of countryside gods are still daubed with a red pigment that is a palpable substitute for long-vanished blood sacrifices — which also survive in a few cases, although the very idea of blood sacrifices would now come as a shock to many devotees.
An Introduction to the Study of Indian History by D.D. Kosambi