In this collection of essays Professor Bipan Chandra, the eminent historian of Modern India, puts together some of his ideas on various aspects of the Indian National Movement. The author brings to bear on the subject his deep understanding based on decades of research, throwing light on what made possible this biggest mass movement of modern times, what was its legacy and what can be learnt from it for the future.
Bipan Chandra, born and brought up in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, studied at Forman Christian College, Lahore, and Stanford University, USA. He retired as Professor of Modern Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and is now Professor Emeritus there. He has been UGC National Lecturer, President of the Indian History Congress and is at present National Research Professor.