The Mahatma & the Doctor | S. R. Mehrotra
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The Mahatma & the Doctor - The Untold Story of Dr Pranjivan Mehta, Gandhi's Greatest Friend and Benefactor
S. R. Mehrotra

This is the hitherto-untold story of Gandhi's greatest friend and benefactor, Dr Pranjivan Mehta (1864 � 1932). It was to Mehta that Gandhi first revealed his newly-found philosophy of life in a London hotel in July-September 1909. According to Gandhi's own admission, his seminal work, Hind Swaraj was a faithful record of the conversation he had had with Mehta earlier in the year, recollected and recorded in the tranquility of the voyage back to South Africa, between 19 and 22 November 1909.

Mehta was the first person who recognized in Gandhi both the mahatma and the future liberator of India. He encouraged and enabled Gandhi to return to his native land in January 1915. Himself a versatile man, Mehta, throughout his life, provided Gandhi with great material and moral support. Gandhi said in 1925 that Mehta's was a personality which deserved to be widely known. This book is a belated and modest attempt to fulfil Gandhi's wish.

US $29 ISBN: 978-81-8462-076-4
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Dr. S. R. Mehrotra is former Professor of History, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. He has also taught at the universities of Sagar, London, Wisconsin, and Rabindra Bharati. He was a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and a Visiting Fellow of St. John�s College, Cambridge. He is the author of various books about the history of India.

Professor Mehrotra is currently writing a second volume on the history of the Indian National Congress, dealing with the period 1919 to 1947. He is editing, in collaboration with Professor Edward C. Moulton of the University of Manitoba, the papers of Allan Octavian Hume (1829-1912), of which the first volume was published in 2004 by Oxford University Press under the title Selected Writings of Allan Octavian Hume: Volume I (1829-1867), and a second volume, dealing with the years 1867 to 1879, is expected to be out later this year. He is also editing with Mr Dinyar Patel, a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, the papers of Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917).

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