By Rajmohan Gandhi
Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (1878-1972), popularly referred to as C.R. or Rajaji, is generally remembered as unfastened India's Governor-General, or the 1st Indian Head of country. At one time thought of Gandhi's inheritor, this terrific legal professional from Salem used to be looked in pre-independence years as one of many most sensible 5 leaders of the Congress in addition to Nehru, Prasad, Patel and Azad.
This biography written via Rajaji's grandson, the famous historian and biographer Rajmohan Gandhi, highlights Rajaji's function within the occasions previous Partition. A statesman and conciliator of conflicts among stalwarts, he was once maybe the only real Congress chief within the forties to confess to the possibility of Partition. He prophesied even then that Pakistan may well get a divorce in twenty-five years!
Later, C.R. grew to become a strident critic of Nehru and the Congress. As a founding father of the Swatantra celebration within the fifties, he attacked the 'permit-license Raj' fearing its strength for corruption and stagnation, even whereas the tide used to be in favour of Nehru's socialistic pattern.
Meticulously researched, utilizing C.R.'s deepest papers, his contemporaries' records, huge interviews with eyewitnesses and modern money owed and newspapers, this
intensely own, but aim account provides us an extraordinary portrait of 1 of the phenomenal Indians of this century.
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