Leaves from a Diary contains the
autobiographical writings of the prominent political personality and well-known
parliamentarian Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee. His writings chronicle important
eventy of the period between 1937 and early 1946.
The English entries in the
diary detail Syama Prasad's role as a political leader, and his experiences as
Finance Minister in Bengal (1941-42). He resigned from office because of
political differences with Nehru and formed a new political party, the Bharatiya
Jan Sangh. he espoused the cause of the All India Hindu Mahasabha, becoming its
principal spokesman, and was virtually the leader of the oppositions in the Lok
The entries translated from their original Bengali are moving reflective
vignettes of his personal life and provide insights into the mind of an astute
About the Author:
Syama Prasad Mookerjee, born in 1901, was a brilliant academic. At the age of
thirty he was appointed Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University and gradually
emerged as a leading political figure. His remarkable career ended with his
death in 1953.
Excerpts from Reviews:
'The volume illuminates a crucial chapter of India's pre-Independence
history.' - India Today
'The merit of the diary lies in what it tells of the subdued ambiguity of
everyday politics in times of war, civil uprisings, famine, and communal
killings.' - Sunday Financial Express
'The text is valuable, in places moving, and in other places revealing.
Perhaps the most relevant parts of the book are those that reveal Mookerjee's
view of Hinduism and of nationhood in India.' - Indian Express
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