I have sometimes felt that Mahatma Gandhi is a modern replica in human form of the sacred Ganga. Descending from heavenly heights like our seers and prophets, rishis and munis, of yore, he has delivered his life-giving message, not only helping us in our material well-being by showing us the way to political independence, social justice and economic prosperity, but also to catch a glimpse of the moral and spiritual heights and to climb at least a few steps in the long and arduous course leading to those heights.
Even so will Mahatma Gandhi’s message of Love and Truth, Ahimsa and Satya bear fruit only for those who will follow his straight and narrow path and regulate their lives according to his strict and strenuous regimen, and give ultimate material prosperity only to those who order and fashion their affairs in conformity with his policy and programme.
—From this book
Beautiful tribute to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi by one of the greatest sons of motherland Bharat which brings to light all the characteristics which made Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi— the Mahatma.
One of the foremost Gandhian leaders, Dr. Rajendra Prasad was born on December 3, 1884 at Zeradei, a village in the then district Saran of Bihar. Schooling in District School Chapra, and higher education in Presidency College, Calcutta. A brilliant student, topped the list in successive examinations of Calcutta University. Started career as a lawyer in 1911 in Calcutta High Court, later shifted to Patna.Right from student days engaged in activities of public concern. Founder of the ‘Bihari Students’ Conference’. Rendered valuable assistance to Mahatma Gandhi in Champaran Satyagraha (1917-18). Gave up a flourishing legal practice to join the Non-Cooperation Movement (1920). A top-rank Congress leader and freedom-fighter. Thrice elected Congress President. Prominent role in the rebuilding of the country. Food and Agriculture Minister in the Interim Government. President of the Constituent Assembly. President of the Republic of India from 1950 to 1962. An erudite scholar, serious and constructive thinker, and speaker and writer of great distinction. Honoured with various distinguished titles in the country and abroad. Conferred with Bharat Ratna in 1962.After relinquishing office on May 13, 1962, retired to his old hermitage in Sadaqat Ashram, Bihar Vidyapith, Patna, where he breathed his last on February 28, 1963.