Gandhi's close relationship with people and events in Bengal
extended over 50 years. He first entered Calcutta in 1896 when
visiting India from South Africa. His last visit in 1947 coincided
almost to the day with India's independence from British rule.
Bengal has always been one of India's most vibrant regions,
politically, commercially and artistically, never moreso than
during the struggle for independence. Over this half century,
Gandhi forged close links with the region, connecting himself with
many of Bengal's cultural and political leaders - Rabindranath
Tagore, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das,
and the Bose brothers.Gandhi and Bengal draws on a wide range of
contemporary documents - from newspaper reports, letters, journals,
and Gandhi's own writings. The book throws new light on Gandhi's
own evolution as a politician and a strategist, revealing his
continual struggle against colonialism as well as his very personal
dilemmas, torn between the practical and the spiritual.