Held as pioneering work in its own genre, this book by Dr. Nandalal Chatterjee is an authoritative documentation of India’s journey to her independence. Free from both the colonial hangovers and the ultra nationalistic trends of writing history. Dr. Chatterjee has maintained—an objectively rarely found in his time. Beginning with an outline of the Indian Renaissance Dr. Chatterjee turns his attention to the uprising of 1857. He then moves on to outline the cultural roots of our nationalist ideology to be followed by an account of the origins of the Indian National Congress. The core of the book consists of a series of chapters focusing attention on the mainstream tradition of the non-violent movements led by Mahatma Gandhi. In the concluding chapter of the book, the author tires to reflect on how the independence was not only the end of a century-old struggle, but also the beginning of attempts toward’s a fuller realization of the age-old ideal of unity in diversity’.