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Civil Disobedience: Two Freedom Struggles, One Life

By L.C. Jain

Lakshmi Chand Jain, the child of India's first freedom movement, spent more than six decades of his life as an impassioned crusader for a just and equitable India. In Civil Disobedience Jain tells the revetting story of the personal influences and experiences that shaped his belief. Jain's university was the dynamic landscape of post-Independence India, his tutors, the inspirational leaders of that era: Jawaharlal Nehru, Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay, Jai Prakash Narayan and his father Phool Chand Jain, a Congress activist and freedom fighter. Starting from beginnings in the family home in Chandni Chowk, through the seething tension of Delhi's Hudson Lines refugee camp in the days after partition, and an early exposure to diplomacy and statecraft as a volunteer-organizer of the Asian Relation Conference hosted by Nehru at Purana Quila, the author was a participant in some of the most exciting people centred experiments of post-Independence India. Mobilizing refugees from the North West Frontier Province in the township of Faridabad, the creation of Cottage Industries Emporium and the Super Bazaar were followed by his plunging into the Bhoodan movement. Jain describes the devastating impact on Indian public life of the Emergency years. Always ambivalent about entering formal office, Jain's description of his time in various Central and State Planning Commission as well as a brief stint as High Commissioner to South Africa in 1997, juxtaposes the limitations of state power with his strong advocacy for democratic decentralization.

2011, pp. 266, ISBN 978-81-88434-05-3 , Rs. 395.00    

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