Book title: GOPAL KRISHNA GOKHALE: Gandhi’s Political Guru
Author(s): Govind Talwalkar
ISBN: 9788182748330
Publication Year: 2015
Binding: HB
Pages: 362
Price: Rs. 1595
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About the Book:

Mahatma Gandhi said, Gopal Krishna Gokhale was his political Guru and a true servant of India. Gokhale’s motto was to spiritualize the public life. His noble dream was the Servants of India Society , which he founded.

Gokhale was a professor and then principal of the Ferguson College, Pune. He was a great liberal, parliamentarian and president of the Indian National Congress.

His mentor, Justice M.G. Ranade started the Sarvajanik Sabha Journal. Gokhale Assisted him. Gokhale’s deposition before the Welby Commission on the financial condition of India won him accolades. His speeches on the budget in the Central Legislative Council were unique, with thorough statistical analysis. He appealed  to the reason. He played a leading role in bringing about Morley-Minto Reforms, the beginning of constitutional reforms.

It is noteworthy that this book is being published in the centenary year of Gandhi’s return to India for South Africa. Gokhale’s death centenary was on 19 February 2015, while his 150th birth anniversary is next year.

About the Author:

Govind Talwalkar was born in 1925. After graduation he joined Navabharat, an intellectual magazine, and then Loksatta, a Marathi daily of the Indian Express group. In 1962 he was invited by the Times of India group to join the newly launched Marathi daily, Maharashtra Times, of which in 1968 he become the chief editor. He retired in 1996.

His distinguished career has made an indelible mark on Maharashtra. Though impressed by the writings of M.N. Roy, he remained n non-conformist. He is best known for his incisive, analytical and scholarly editorials. He made Maharashtra Times a public and intellectual forum. Political, social and economic problems were discussed. He exposed corruption in many places. Being progressive, he was averse to parochial views and cultural nationalism. He championed the cause of social justice, famine stricken people and landless labourers. He has also contributed to other Marathi and English newspapers and periodicals and continues to do so.  

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