Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, on 10 April 2017 released a book titled Gandhi in Champaran authored by noted writer Dinanath Gopal Tendulkar at National Mahatma Gandhi Museum in New Delhi. The book is authored by noted writer Dinanath Gopal Tendulkar. The book is printed by Publications Division.
In addition, the minister also released a book containing a collection of letters and articles of the correspondence between Nobel laureate Romain Rolland and Mahatma Gandhi as well as Tendulkar’s eight-volume biography of Mahatma Gandhi, titled Mahatma: Life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
Gandhi in Champaran offers a gripping account of Gandhi’s first Satyagraha on Indian soil. The Satyagraha was his attempt to eliminate, by truthful and non-violent means, the grievances and sufferings of the peasants at the hands of the indigo planters.
Dinanath Gopal Tendulkar was an Indian writer and documentary film maker. Born in 1909 in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, he was educated first at University of Cambridge and then at Universities Marburg and Gottingen. His most noted work is his Gandhi biography which was first published in 1951 with a foreword by the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan decoration by the then President of India, Rajendra Prasad. However, the author refused the award and asked for a watch instead. His other notable works are: Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan – Faith is a Battle, 30 months in Russia, Soviet Sanskriti, among others.