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Edited by Raj Shah

“The light has gone out of our lives,” said Prime  Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, in an impromptu radio ad-  dress upon Gandhi’s martyrdom; “there is darkness everywhere.” Could it really be that Gandhi’s light ceased to shine  since he was no longer with us in his puny bundle of flesh and  bones? Correcting himself, Nehru continued: “I was wrong. For  the light that shone in this country was no ordinary light. The  light that has illuminated this country for these many years will  illuminate this country for many more years; and a thousand years  later, that light will be seen in this country, and the world will see  it and it will give solace to innumerable hearts. For that light  represented something more than the immediate present; it represented the living truth . . . the eternal truths, reminding us of  the right path, drawing us from error, taking this ancient country  to freedom.” 1


HARIDAS T. MUZUMDAR was born in Vyara, India, and graduated from Union High

School in Surat. After attending Bombay University for two years he came to the United States, receiving his B.A. and M.A. degrees from North western University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, with a major in sociology. In 1929 Dr. Muzumdar went to India where he became intimately associated with Mahatma Gandhi. A year later, at the suggestion of the late Pandit Motilal Nehru, he returned to the United States to make an extensive lecture campaign on behalf of India’s freedom. In the summer of 1931 Mr. Muzumdar spent a month in London with Gandhi, observing and studying at first hand the Second Round Table conference. Upon his return from Europe, Dr. Muzumdar continued his activities on behalf of India’s freedom until 1944, when he resumed formal teaching. At present Dr. Muzumdar is professor of sociology and social work at Cornell College in Iowa. He has also taught at

William Penn College, Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of Gandhi the Apostle, India’s nonviolent Revolution, Gandhi Versus the Empire, Gandhi Triumphant, Invitation to Peace and The United Nations of the World.