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Issue No.: 572 | February 2015


A. B. Shah

Most leaders of thought and action who laid the foundations of contemporary India were born in the second half of the nineteenth century. It was therefore inevitable that the second half of the present (20th) century should be an age of centenaries of pioneers in different fields — social, political, economic, religious, literary and cultural. However, of all those whose centenaries the nation has celebrated since independence or is planning to celebrate in the coming years, none perhaps is more worthy of grateful remembrance and emulation today than Gopal Krishna Gokhale.

Teacher and educationist, statesman and economist, social reformer and a true Servant of India in the best sense of the word; without vanity of any kind and yet completely free from a pathological obsession with simplicity; modern but not estranged from his people, atheistic - at least, agnostic - and yet (or, therefore?) committed to truth without any subterfuge; devoted to his country’s interests but neither a chauvinist nor lacking in moral courage when the occasion demanded frankness or, even, a public confession of error -  Gokhale stands out in the fog of Indian politics as the most important exponent of reason in public life and liberalism as the basis of a modern, democratic welfare state.     

Excerpted from Professor A. B. Shah’s foreword in the ICCF publication, Gokhale and Modern India, published in May 1966, to commemorate Gokhale’s Birth Centenary. 
Prof. Shah was then the Executive Secretary of the ICCF.





Other Articles in this Issue

Between Ourselves



The Legacy of Gopal Krishna Gokhale


A. B. Shah

Laying the Foundation for a Modern India

S. P. Aiyar

His Relevance Today

Aroon Tikekar

His Achievements

Sunil Gokhale

Gokhale And Gandhi – Their Second Meeting

Prabha Ravi Shankar

Sir Pherozeshah Mehta’s Tribute

Godrej N. Dotivala

Some Contemporaries of Gokhale in Poona

R. Srinivasan

The Symposium held on 15th November 2014 – Report

Chauhan, Devanshu, Khan, Jarupati and Sunilkumar

Great Indian Liberals: Rt.Hon.– Srinivasa Sastri


Prime Minister Modi and Governance

Will the Real BJP Please Stand Up?

Firoze Hirjikaka

Budget 2015 – Will it Ensure Make in India?

M. R. Venkatesh

Right-Wing Zealots Are Derailing Modi's Push for a Development Agenda

Bapu Satyanarayana

Foreign Relations in the 21st Century

Global Power Structure in Transition: A New Bipolar World Underway?

B. Ramesh Babu

Point - Counter Point : Every issue has at least two sides

The Jihadi Mind

Ashok Karnik

Unspeakable Cruelty

Ashok Karnik

Loose Cannons

Ashok Karnik

National Security Vs Politics

Ashok Karnik


The Peshawar Attack on School Kids: Implications for NATO’s Strategy in South Asia

Ashish Punthambekar

Why No Department of History of Science?


What Kind of Religiosity is this?

Suresh Shirodkar.

One of India’s greatest ironies


Book Review

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