13th February 2016
The Swatantra Party: Victory in Defeat by H. R. Pasricha – please download, read, and share this book
Whenever discussions occur re: the Swatantra Party, I cite Pasricha’s book (e.g. here). However, most people don’t have access to the book as it had a very limited print run (in 2002).
SV Raju sent me a copy of this book (from Mumbai to Melbourne) nearly 14 years ago. The binding of the book is of extremely poor quality and has come apart. I don’t know how many copies of this book are in good condition across the world. However, the book is of significant importance to students of Indian politics.
While this is a copyrighted book, neither Pasricha nor Raju are now alive, and the Rajaji Foundation – a not-for-profit entity – is probably dormant. (I know that the Indian Liberal Group – or whatever its new avataar is called – went dormant many years ago). I know for sure that Pasricha would have wanted his book to be widely known/ disseminated.
I’ve therefore decided to OCR and convert this book into Word/PDF, so current generations may benefit from Pasricha’s perspective on Swatantra. This is a historical document of considerable interest to every Indian liberal – particularly to members of the Swarna Bharat Party.