I have recently written two books in eformat, that is to say ebooks. The names of these two books are respectively: A Vision of United India and The Role of South India in the Freedom Movement. These books may be downloaded from the sites below.
The cost of each of these books is Rs 399/-. I am putting a short note on these two books.
A Vision of United India
On 15th August 1947, India attained her independence from British rule; however, it was a fissured independence as India was partitioned into two States, India and Pakistan. On that day, Sri Aurobindo gave a message in which he spoke of the five dreams that had been the basis of his whole life. He wrote: “Indeed, on this day I can watch almost all the world-movements which I hoped to see fulfilled in my lifetime, though then they looked like impracticable dreams, arriving at fruition or on their way to achievement. In all these movements free India may well play a large part and take a leading position.”
The first of these dreams was the freedom and the unity of India. However, India got freedom but not unity. Sri Aurobindo wrote in the same message: “But the old communal division into Hindus and Muslims seems now to have hardened into a permanent political division of the country. It is to be hoped that this settled fact will not be accepted as settled for ever or as anything more than a temporary expedient. For if it lasts, India may be seriously weakened, even crippled: civil strife may remain always possible, possible even a new invasion and foreign conquest. India’s internal development and prosperity may be impeded, her position among the nations weakened, her destiny impaired or even frustrated. This must not be; the partition must go. Let us hope that this may come about naturally, by an increasing recognition of the necessity not only of peace and concord but of common action, by the practice of common action and the creation of means for that purpose. In this way unity may finally come about under whatever form – the exact form may have a pragmatic but not a fundamental importance. But by whatever means, in whatever way, the division must go; unity must and will be achieved, for it is necessary for the greatness of India’s future.”
Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have been since that day working silently and in their own spiritual way to bring about this unity of India that will inevitably come about in the near future.
It is this conviction and assurance that has inspired me to write this book.
This book is an attempt to trace the political history of India from the ancient times to the modern day. I have tried to analyze the repeated attempts in the past to bring about a political unity, the partial success and the failure that has attended this attempt. I have tried to analyze the reasons for the failure and made some suggestions, which may lead to the final solution of the problem of political unity of the subcontinent of India. In this effort, I have been guided throughout by the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The book therefore contains copious references from the writings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
The role of South India in the Freedom Movement
In September 2009, I received a letter from Professor Kireet Joshi asking me to write a book with the title above. Here is an extract from the letter.
Dear Shri Kittu Reddy ji,
The Gujarat Government has set up recently the Gujarat Educational Innovations Commission, under which several Projects are being undertaken. One of these Projects will be related to the Fundamental Duties enshrined in the Constitution of India under Article 51A. Under this Article, it is laid down that it shall be the duty of every citizen of India to cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom.
Unfortunately, the role that has been played by the South in the Freedom Struggle and the ideals that have inspired leaders like Subramanian Bharati and others have never been highlighted. We would very much like to undertake a new Project of research, so that we may have an authentic story of the Freedom Struggle that developed in South India and the ideals that inspired the national struggle for freedom in South India. I am convinced that this Project of research which is being contemplated by the Commission will bring about a refreshing insight into the ideals that inspired our national struggle for freedom.
Considering your eminent background and scholarship, I should like to invite you to undertake the Project of the duration of four months, during which the account of the ideals which inspired the national struggle for freedom will be completed. The Project-holder of this Project will be required the complete the work within a period of four months.
I shall be grateful if you would like kindly agree to accept this Project and complete it by 31st January 2010.
With warmest regards,
This book presents the story of the freedom struggle that developed in South India and the ideals that inspired the national struggle for freedom in South India.
The presentation has two aspects; one, dealing with the events and incidents in which the freedom fighters were involved and two, the ideals and values that inspired the freedom fighters. The first represents the external side of the movement and the second the inner and deeper part.
It is evident that the inner part is more important as it portrays the lasting and abiding values and ideals that led and inspired this movement. We shall therefore first trace and identify the source of the inspiring ideals that were at the root of the Indian nation.