The Dream of Revolution: A Biography of Jayaprakash Narayan (Hardcover)

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Few figures in modern India have enjoyed such acclaim and adoration as Jayaprakash Narayan. And yet, he has been equally vilified for all that went wrong in the unfinished post-colonial movement for freedom and democracy. Jayaprakash Narayan, or JP as he was universally known, epitomized the Marxian and Gandhian styles of political engagement, and famously brought a powerful government to its knees. Throughout his life, he channelled an emotional hunger for transformative politics, jettisoned easy options, shunned power and incubated revolutionary ideas.

A comprehensive study of JP's life and ideas-from the radicalism of his thought process at American university campuses in the 1920s to his political coming of age in the 1930s and subsequent disenchantment with Gandhi's leadership; from his infectious confidence about the future of socialism to his seemingly naive plans to outmanoeuvre powerful forces within the Congress; from his fractious friendship with Jawaharlal Nehru to his relentless crusade against the stifling of dissent-The Dream of Revolution, Bimal and Sujata Prasad's rigorously researched biography of JP, dispenses with clichés, questions commonly held perceptions and pushes the limits of what a biographical portrait is capable of.

Rich in anecdotes and never-before-told stories, this book explores the ambiguities and ironies of a life lived at the barricades, and one man's unremitting quest to usher in a society based on equality and freedom.

About the Author


BIMAL PRASAD (1924-2015) was professor of South Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Leeds, a senior fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a fellow at Columbia University, New York. From 1991 to 1995, he was India's ambassador to Nepal. Professor Prasad authored and edited numerous books on Indian history and foreign policy. His trilogy on Partition is recognized as a seminal work of scholarship. A close associate of Jayaprakash Narayan, he chronicled JP's political thought and legacy, and edited selections of his writings, speeches and letters in ten volumes. SUJATA PRASAD is a writer, columnist, curator and heritage conservationist. Her work and research interests cut across disciplines, intersecting with community health, education, rural livelihoods, and the visual and performing arts. Her previous book was published by Penguin Random House in 2017. A former civil servant, she is currently adviser to the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, and also serves as an expert on the Ministry of Science and Technology's advisory group on heritage research.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780670096176
ISBN-10: 0670096172
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: April 15th, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English