Times Group Books - New Delhi
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Politics & government
The country is reminded about JP today as never before. There is hopelessness and despair all around. Comuption has become a monster for social change. This book will guide and inspire those who want to become instruments of change.
This book its about:
The deep-dark period of autocracy (1975-77) in India imposed by a 58-year old Indira Gandhi. Those were months of draconian laws, extinguished freedom, Gestapo type arrests, severe press censorship, forced sterilization, impotency of intellectuals and abject surrender marked by terror of the minions and slavery of the elites that made India a fascist-type police state. The return of the sunlight of democracy due largely to the defiance of a 73-year old Jayaprakash Narayan (JP) popularly called Loknayak, a congenital democrat. Emergency was not merely the defeat of JP and his Movement against corruption, inflation and misrule, but that of the entire people. The state power of Indira Gandhi lost where as the moral authority of Jp Won. Vulnerability of India's Institiutions Of governance and how effectively the president, Union Cabinet, Parliament, Supreme Court, Governors, State Assemblies, senior civil servants, police and intelligence agencies and the Press were manipulated by a determined prime minister and exploited by an unprincipled son 'operating from behind her sari. Above all, the crucial chapters of India's post-Independence history ? JP Movement, Emergencyy and Second Freedom that have been blacked-out from school-texts, books, forums, media and other avenues ? placing it before the people of India in its true perspective. This would open up the wounds for the older generation and the new ones to see the truth as to how the nation has been bleeding and how freedom and democracy. Which they all take for granted was virtually extinguished and then restored by the indomitable spirit and sacrifice of a patriot called Jayaprakash Narayan.
About the Author
Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan was born on 11 October 1902 in Sitabdiara, avillage on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. He married Prabhavati in 1902 but could not have children due to the vow of celibacy taken by her under influence of Mahatma Gandhi. JP was a dreamer and an idealist to a fault. It was Maulana Abul Kalam Azad's fiery oratory and his call to, ?lift up to the skies like leaves before a storm? that drew JP to the freedom movement.
JP wanted to overhaul the entire Indian society. For him, the political system had to be responsive to the aspirations of the poorest of the poor; the glaring in equalities that our economic system breeds had to end; the educational system should be geared to the needs of the nation; the canker of corruption in India's political and administrative system had to be eradicated; the various social ills that afflict our country had to end. This is what he meant by Total Revolution.
M G Devasahayam is an Economist-Administratior with a distinguished career spanningover four decades, with direct and first-hand experience in the working andethos of Indian Army, Government (IAS), Public & Private sector, Politicalsystem as well as Non Government Organisations.
During the Emergency (1975-77), when JP was imprisoned at Chandhigarh, Devasahayam, was District Magistrate of the Union Territory and as such was JP's 'custodian in jail'. During this period Devasahayam met JP almost on a daily basis and developed a humane and warm relationship with him that sustained after the Emergency and lasted till JP, the architect of India's second Freedom', passed away in October 1979.