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Autobiography

Autobiography

Rajendra Prasad
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The memoirs of India’s first President

Dr Rajendra Prasad wrote the greater part of Autobiography while he was in prison between 1942 and 1945. First published in Hindi, it takes us through his childhood, his life in his village Chapra, his early education with his teacher ‘Maulvi Saheb’, his years as a student in Calcutta, his marriage at the age of twelve and his legal practice. It discusses not only his personal tribulations, but is also an examination of the last years of British colonial rule in India. As a freedom fighter and close associate of Gandhi, Rajendra Prasad was privy to political developments in the decades before Independence. He records Gandhi’s influence on him, the call for non-co-operation in Bihar as part of Gandhiji’s larger all-India movement, the boycott of foreign cloth, the shadow of communalism and the Hindu–Muslim question, Satyagraha and social reform.

This book is testimony to Rajendra Prasad’s deep humanity, his unswerving nationalism and belief in democracy. It is also an exploration of the foundations of modern India.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: May/2010

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MRP : ₹550.00

Autobiography

Rajendra Prasad

The memoirs of India’s first President

Dr Rajendra Prasad wrote the greater part of Autobiography while he was in prison between 1942 and 1945. First published in Hindi, it takes us through his childhood, his life in his village Chapra, his early education with his teacher ‘Maulvi Saheb’, his years as a student in Calcutta, his marriage at the age of twelve and his legal practice. It discusses not only his personal tribulations, but is also an examination of the last years of British colonial rule in India. As a freedom fighter and close associate of Gandhi, Rajendra Prasad was privy to political developments in the decades before Independence. He records Gandhi’s influence on him, the call for non-co-operation in Bihar as part of Gandhiji’s larger all-India movement, the boycott of foreign cloth, the shadow of communalism and the Hindu–Muslim question, Satyagraha and social reform.

This book is testimony to Rajendra Prasad’s deep humanity, his unswerving nationalism and belief in democracy. It is also an exploration of the foundations of modern India.

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Rajendra Prasad

Rajendra Prasad (1884-1963) was the first President of the Republic of India. An Independence activist and a prominent Gandhian, Rajendra Prasad was a close associate of Gandhi's from the time of the Champaran Satyagraha in 1916. He later served as president of the Constituent Assembly. He was President of India for twelve years, before resigning in 1962. He was also honoured with the Bharat Ratna that year.