Title Inner Recesses Outer Spaces: Memoirs
Book Condition New
Jacket Condition New
Publisher New Delhi, India Niyogi Books
Seller ID 106513
1903-47 marks a period of fundamental change in India. A strong force swept the country, which compelled the world to recognise the power of spiritual energy. Mahatma Gandhi evolved the spiritual methods, and a rare band of individuals adopted them. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay is such a person who changed the course of her comfortable existence to join the national struggle first as a Sevika-volunteer, later designated as an organiser of women workers in the Indian National Congress and finally as a member of the National Working Committee of the Congress. In this book Kamaladevi describes the events of the turbulent years as she lived and experienced them. She writes about her close association with fascinating leaders of the nationalist movement including Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rabindranath Tagore, Sarojini Naidu, Motilal Nehru, Acharya Kriplani, Jayaprakash Narayan. She spent a total of 5 years in jail, and here recalls some of her experiences. After Independence, Kamaladevi left the Congress, and did not join the government though invited to in several capacities. She did not consider it necessary to be in political power to execute powerful ideas. The urgent task before her was rehabilitation of the refugees. She sought Gandhiji’s advice who promised her his support on condition she generated her own energy and labour and did not depend on the government. She set up the Indian Cooperative Union. She persuaded thousands of homeless refugees from West Pakistan to mobilise their internal strength, and to rebuild theirlives through their own labour, through cooperatives. The original township of Faridabad in Haryana is testimony to the combined efforts of the refugees who had lost hope, and the persons who restored their faith in themselves. Kamaladevi has focussed on revival of the theatre, puppetry and handicrafts as a component of cultural renaissance in the country. Travelling to inaccessible areas in search of authentic handicrafts, she remarked, “There is so much beauty in the simple articles which are used in village homes. But we have forgotten to honour the craftsperson.” As chairperson of the All India Handicrafts Board, she introduced national awards to be conferred on worthy craftsmen. Women’s advancement has been the focus of Kamaladevi’s activities, and she has not only lobbied for national social legislation, but has also promoted farreaching educational reforms. The book contains important accounts of outstanding women of the period-Bhikaji Cama, Annie Besant, Margaret Cousins and others. Kamaladevi has travelled widely in Asia, Europe, America and Africa. She has a reputation for being an adventurer, both in her journeys and her ideas. Author of several books, Kamaladevi has a subtle style of expression, and in this book she chronicles the tumultuous events in her personal and national life with intensity and humour. Above all, the book filters an exquisite light on the personality of the author, with her deep commitment to human dignity.Printed Pages: 424.
Inner Recesses Outer Spaces: Memoirs Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay