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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195672039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195672039.001.0001

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(p.202) Twenty One Pyarelal
In Search of Gandhi

B. R. Nanda

Oxford University Press

This essay discusses Mahatma Gandhi’s relationship with Pyarelal. Pyarelal served as Gandhi’s secretary for twenty-seven years and his duties, besides secretarial work, included chores such as cooking, washing of clothes, tending the sick, and editing journals. It talks about Pyarelal’s relationship with Vallabhbhai Patel. His life can be considered as an uninterrupted hymn of bhakti for serving Gandhi as secretary for twenty-seven years, and for spending the next thirty-four years in unremitting labours on a multi-volume biography.

Keywords:   Mahatma Gandhi, Pyarelal, duty as secretary, Vallabhbhai Patel, biography

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