Bengal Governor pens book on MK Gandhi

None | ByNandini Guha, Kolkata
Jan 31, 2007 12:10 AM IST

The book is the outcome of a year?s research and writing on the Governor?s behalf, reports Nandini Guha.

The Governor of Bengal, Gopal Krishna Gandhi, has just finished putting together a book on his grandfather, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The manuscript of the book, titled Gandhi and Bengal has been handed over to a renowned publisher - who may take a couple of months to edit and release the book.

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The book is the outcome of a year’s research and writing on the Governor’s behalf. "I have put together a compilation of  writings on Gandhi pertaining to his numerous visits to Bengal. I have written the introductions for these pieces in the book," Gopal Krishna Gandhi told Hindustan Times.

The younger brother of Rajmohan Gandhi said the compilation would carry personal reminiscences of the Mahatma written by some of his famous and not-so famous hosts in the city during the year preceding Independence.

"The personal elements in my book are not out of the ordinary  Some of the extracts are taken from the collected works of M K Gandhi," said the Governor.

On his elder brother’s book on his grandfather (Mohandas: A true story of a man, his people and an Empire), Gandhi sounded enthusiastic, "It’s a great book. Please read it," he urged.

Interestingly, Gopal Krishna Gandhi’s nephew and M K Gandhi’s great-grandson, Tushar Gandhi, released a book in Mumbai on Tuesday, titled Let’s Kill Gandhi.

The book chronicles the last few years in the Mahatma’s life---including the 15th August 1947, which Gandhi spent in Kolkata. "I have referred to the riots, Gandhi’s fasting for communal harmony and then the whole story of his murder by Nathuram Godse - the plot, the possible motives, the conspiracy and also the bungling in the investigation," Tushar Gandhi told Hindustan Times from Mumbai.

The book is expected to release in a couple of months from now, said Gandhi, who has been the Governor of Bengal since December 2004. An avid reader, the Governor spends at least three days a week in the Raj Bhaban library, reading up. "He sometimes works on his laptop, sometimes he writes on pen and paper. But he is extremely computer-savvy," said sources in the Governor’s office.

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