ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Being and Nothingness

Selected Works of M N Roy, Volume II, 1923-27 edited by Sibnarayan Ray, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1988; pp xvi + 708, Rs 300.
A STRONG positive correlation between illiteracy and pursuit of political career has been a major feature of the post-independent scene. This certainly is one reason why Jawaharlal Nehru has, in retrospect, come to assume a larger than life image. Nehru however was not the only one amongst the nation's leaders during the freedom struggle who could lay claim to learning and scholarship. Several others too were bibliophiles. They also wrote books. Long spells in prison provided them with the opportunity for reading and writing. Besides, most leaders in that phase regarded their political activities as a mission; they had to educate and convince others; they necessarily had to educate themselves. They therefore, for dear life, took to books

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