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Walking Alone: Gandhi & India’s Partition
Bhashyam Kasturi Walking Alone: Gandhi & India’s Partition : Bhashyam Kasturi : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170944457)
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This book explores the political and personal life of Mahatma Gandhi through the traumatic period, 1946-48, which saw the partition and independence of India, and the worst-ever communal holocaust in the subcontinent.

The book unfolds how partition came about even as Gandhi’s strongest convictions were against such a division. The author traces Gandhi’s role within and outside the Congress and describes how the Mahatma was politically sidelined from the very start of the negotiations for the transfer of power. The result was that when the Congress agreed to the partition of Bengal and Punjab in March 1947, it did not even consult the Mahatma; he was "in the picture", but out of accord with Congress policy.

Sensing that his political views counted for less and less, Gandhi accepted the reality of partition — though he could never personally reconcile to it — and turned his attention to dousing the raging communal fires. Thus, his astonishing Noakhali pilgrimage, and his fasts in Calcutta and Delhi which gained him both unprecedented admiration and ultimately cost him his life.

The overriding impression of the period is that of a man walking alone, holding steadfast to his conscience and convictions as his only true guides in a situation which both saddened and bewildered him. The book also offers some clues to help unravel the enigma of Mahatma Gandhi’s personal life and discusses his fasts and the controverisal brahmacharya experiments of his last years.


“A concise and scholarly narrative.”  —B.R. Nanda

“Explores how partition came about despite Gandhi’s strong personal commitment to an undivided India.”  —The Statesman

Bhashyam Kasturi

Bhashyam Kasturi, who has contributed the book’s special section on Terrorism in South Asia, is presently Associate Editor of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund in New Delhi. He was awarded Ph.D from Delhi University in 1995 for his research on Mahatma Gandhi. He has taught in several colleges of Delhi University and also served as Associate Editor, Indian Defence Review. Bhashyam Kasturi has written extensively on international affairs and national security in Indian and foreign journals. His first book, Intelligence Services: Analysis, Organisation and Function was published in 1996 and this is his second book.

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