Books in English

STOUT HEARTS AND OPEN HANDS

(1957) 183 pages

The men and women whose life stories have been told in these pages were makers of modern India, many of whom were alive when this book was written. In their own way they had fought for their country’s freedom. The special feature of this book is that the articles included in it have been written by those who know their subjects well. Nehru’s tribute to Gandhi, Gandhi’s assessment of Vinoba Bhave, Sarojini Naidu’s picture of Acharya Kripalani, Aruna Asaf Ali’s sketch of Maulana Azad and Pattabhi Sitaramayya’s estimate of C.Rajagopalachari are some such examples.

VINOBA BHAVE

(1946), 130 pages

Vinoba Bhave (Marathi: ?????? ????),Vinayak Narahari Bhave (September 11, 1895 – November 15, 1982) often called Acharya (In Sanskrit means teacher), was an Indian advocate of nonviolence and human rights. He is best known for the Bhoodan Andolan. He is considered as a National Teacher of India and the spiritual successor of Mahatma Gandhi.

LEADERS OF MODERN INDIA

(1955) 157 pages

There are 21 biographical sketches of national leaders which will give the reader a glimpse of the life and work of those who have had a hand in winning freedom for the country. All these leaders were heroes in their own right and played their part in the struggle for freedom. Notables amongst them are Mahatma Gandhi, Rajendra Prasad, Radhakrishnan, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vinba Bhave, Valabh Bhai Patel, Sarojini Naidu, Rajagopalachari and Gobind Ballabh Pant.

ACHARYA J.B. KRIPALANI – A SYMPOSIUM

(1948) 131 pages

In this book one can find articles by famous personalities on one of the greatest figures of Indian politics in the forties – Acharya J B Kripalani . The contributions are by Sarojini Naidu, K Rama Rao, M Chalapatirao, B V Keskar, S C Kala and others. The last chapter by PD is ‘A Rare Intellectual’

HUMANITY’S HOMAGE TO GANDHIJI

(1948),252 pages

The foul hand of the assassin had killed the greatest man on earth. A fanatic by his mad deed had plunged the world in sorrow and orphaned this country……Messages of sympathy came to India from all corner of the world and world’s biggest personalities paid genuine tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his demise. Some poignant tributes and sincere messages of sympathy and sorrow have been compiled in book form. There are about 40 article, the main contributors being Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Clement Atlee, Harry Truman, Sarojini Naidu, JB Kripalani, Pearl Buck, Mira Ben, Govind Ballagh Pant, Dr. Chia-Luen Lo, Dr. Bhagwandas, Walter Lippman, Sir Alfred Watson, K Ramarao.

TO NOAKHOLI WITH CONGRESS PRESIDENT

(1946) 90 pages

In addition to the experiences of the tour of the author with Congress President, the book also imparts information on the different statements made on Noakhali. Originally wriiten in article forms in National Herald under the headlines – ‘With the Congress President in the land of Butchers’, the publishers took special permission from the newspaper to publish the article in the book form. The book starts with a special chapter –‘Malaviyaji’s Last testament’- Madan Mohan Malaviya’s last words to the nation from his death bed.

NEHRU YOUR NEIGHBOUR (WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MAHATMA GANDHI)

(1946) 178 pages

The book contains 26 articles written on Nehru by personalities like John & Frances Gunther, Vijay Lakshmi Pandit, K N Katju, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Sampurnanand, K M Munshi, F.R. Moraes, Acharya Narendra Deo K Ramarao, Purnima Bannerji, Horace Alexander, Basil Mathews, Sigrid Peterson Gould etc. An extract from Tagore’s address on Nehru titled ‘Rituraj of India’ is also included. There is also a Self Portraiture of Nehru – under the pseudonym of Chanakya and under the heading ‘Rashtrapati’ which was earlier published in ‘Modern Review’. According to Tandon, Nehru’s mind was essentially subjective but in this interesting exercise of self-delineation he portrays himself with rare and artistic detachment.

MESSAGES TO INDIAN STUDENTS

(1946), 156 Pages

Over the years P. D. Tandon has written several books about Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi and many other prominent Indians. His books have been written in his studio. Actually, his studio with the typwriter and the table-lamp on the big desk in a room, where he is surrounded by books and newspapers and pictures, is a kind of extension of the vestibule or maybe it is the opposite way around. The picture to the right shows him teaching Indira Gandhi how to ride a bike. If you want to see him together with Nehru, you´ll find him on the page