A Frank Friendship

Gandhi and Bengal: A Descriptive Chronology

Gopalkrishna Gandhi

A Frank Friendship

Gopalkrishna Gandhi

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Foreword by Amartya Sen
616 pages | 150 halftones | 7 3/4 x 9 1/2
Cloth $69.95 ISBN: 9781905422630 Published February 2008 World sales rights except India
Gandhi’s close relationship with people and events in Bengal extended over 50 years. He first entered Calcutta in 1896 when visiting India from South Africa. His last visit in 1947 coincided almost to the day with India’s independence from British rule. Bengal has always been one of India’s most vibrant regions, politically, commercially and artistically, never moreso than during the struggle for independence. Over this half century, Gandhi forged close links with the region, connecting himself with many of Bengal’s cultural and political leaders - Rabindranath Tagore, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das, and the Bose brothers.Gandhi and Bengal draws on a wide range of contemporary documents – from newspaper reports, letters, journals, and Gandhi’s own writings. The book throws new light on Gandhi’s own evolution as a politician and a strategist, revealing his continual struggle against colonialism as well as his very personal dilemmas, torn between the practical and the spiritual.

Editor’s Preface

Foreword by Amartya Sen


Part One (1896-1905)

Part Two (1915-1925)

Part Three (1926-1936)

Part Four (1937-1947)


References Cited

Further Reading


1. Gandhi’s Meetings with Governors of Bengal

2. Gandhi’s Visits to Santiniketan

3. A List of Places where Gandhi stayed in Calcutta

4. Maps

5. Gandhi in Bengal: a Chronological Table

Index of Personalities

Index of Places

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