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In addition to the materials listed below, the Libraries own many more items about important political, religious and civic leaders.  Listed below are representative works about selected individuals important to modern Indian history.  To find additional books and other sources, use the Libraries' online catalog.  Search the person of interest, last name first, as the subject of your search.  For brief overviews about an individual, see the Biographies tab.

Unless otherwise noted, the items listed below are books located in the University Library.


Annie Besant

Annie Besant: A Biography, by Anne Taylor.  [BP 585 B3 T38 1992]

"A Dirty Filthy Book": The Writings of Charles Knowlton and Annie Besant on Reproductive Physiology and Birth Control and an Account of the Bradlaugh-Besant Trial, by S. Chandrasekhar. [HQ 766 C483]

Annie Besant’s Rise to Power in Indian Politics, 1914-1917, by Raj Kumar.  [DS 481 B39 R35 1981]

Subhas Chandra Bose

Democracy Indian Style: Subhas Chandra Bose and the Creation of India’s Political Culture, by Anton Pelinka.  [JQ 281 P44 2003]

Netaji: A Centenary Tribute, Assam University.  [DS 481 B6 N483X 1998]

Letters, Articles, Speeches and Statements, 1933-1937, Subhas Chandra Bose, edited by Sisir Kumar Bose and Sugata Bose. [DS 481 B6 A4 1994]

Subhas Chandra Bose and Middle Class Radicalism: A Study in Indian Nationalism, 1928-1940, by Bidyut Chakrabarty. [DS 481 B6 C53X 1990]

Brothers Against the Raj: A Biography of Indian Nationalist Leaders Sarat and Subhas Chandra Bose, by Leonard A. Gordon. [DS 481 A1 G67 1990]


Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi, the "Emergency", and Indian Democracy, by P.N. Dhar. [DS 480.852 D48 2000]

Mother India: A Political Biography of Indira Gandhi, by Pranay Gupte. [DS 481 G23 G86 1992]

Indira Gandhi: An Intimate Biography, by Pupul Jayakar. [DS 481 G23 J38 1992]

India: The Years of Indira Gandhi, edited by Yogendra K. Malik and Dhirendra K. Vajpeyi. [DS 480.84 I615 1988]

Indira Gandhi: India’s Woman of Destiny, by Premen Addy. [DS 481 G23 A72X 1986]

Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi’s Dilemma: Nonviolent Principles and Nationalist Power, by Manfred B. Steger. [HM 1281 S74 2000]

Indian Critiques of Gandhi, edited by Harold Coward. [DS 481 G3 I53 2003]  Also available electronically

Rediscovering Gandhi, by Yogesh Chadha. [DS 481 G3 C43X 1997]

Gandhi, the Man: The Story of His Transformation, by Eknath Easwaran.  [DS 481 G3 E19 1997]

Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Power in Action, by Dennis Dalton.  [DS 481 G3 D215 1993]

Gandhi: Woice of a New Age Revolution, by Martin Green. [DS 481 G3 G7314 1993]

Gandhi, directed by Richard Attenborough. University Library Media DVD [at Circulation Desk first floor DS 481 G3 G2112V 1982A]

Gopal Krishna Gokhale

Gokhale: The Indian Moderates and the British Raj, by B. R. Nanda. [DS 479.1 G6 N36 1977B]

Tilak and Gokhale: Revolution and Reform in the Making of Modern India, by Stanley A. Wolpert.  [DS 479.1 G6 W65 1989]

Gokhale, a Political Biography: A Study of His Services and Political Ideas, by D.B. Mathur. [DS 479.1 G6 M3]


Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Jinnah, the Founder of Pakistan, in the Eyes of his Eontemporaries and his Documentary Records at Lincoln's Inn, by Saleem Qureshi. Karachi ;   New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.  [DS 385 J5 J56X 1998]

Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity: The Search for Saladin, by Ahmed, Akbar S. NY: Routledge, 1997.  [ DS 385 J5 A69 1997]

Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah: His Personality and his Politics, by S.M. Burke and Salim Al-Din Quraishi. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.   [DS 385 J5 B87 1997]

Jinnah Reinterpreted: The Journey from Indian Nationalism to Muslim Statehood, by Saad R. Khairi.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995. [ DS 385 J5 K43X 1995]

Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the Creation of Pakistan, by Śaileśakumāra Bandyopādhyāẏa, Śaileśakumāra. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers, 1991. [ DS 385 J5 B39 1991]

The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League, and the Demand for Pakistan, by Ayesha Jalal. NY: Cambridge University Press, 1985. [ DS 480.45 J33 1985]

Louis Mountbatten

The Partition of India and Mountbatten, by Latif Ahmed Sherwani. Karachi: Council for Pakistan Studies, 1986. [DS 480.842 S48 1986]

Mountbatten: The Official Biography, by Phillip Ziegler. London: Collins, 1985. [DA 89.1 M59 Z54X 1985]

Mountbatten: Hero of Our Time, by Richard Alexander Hough. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1980. [DA 89.1 M59 H68 1980A]

Jawaharlal Nehru

Nehru, by Judith M. Brown.  [DS 481 N35 B76 1999]

Nehru: A Tryst with Destiny, by Stanley Wolpert. [DS 481 N35 W65 1996]

Jawaharlal Nehru: Rebel and Statesman, by B.R. Nanda.  [DS 481 N35 N282X 1995] 

Private Face of a Public Person: A Study of Jawaharlal Nehru, by Aruna Asaf Ali with G.N.S. Raghavan. [DS 481 N35 A88 1988]

Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, a Historical Partnership, 1916-1948, by Madhu Limaye.  Four volumes. [DS 480.84 L5516 1989]


Sardar Patel

Sardar Patel, by D. V. Tahmankar.  [DS 481 P35 T3]

The Indian Triumvirate: A Political Biography of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, and Pandit Nehru, by V. B. Kulkarni. [DS 481 A1 K83]

The Indomitable Sardar, by Kewalram Lalchand Panjabi. [DS 481 P35 P4 1964]

Sardar Patel, India’s Man of Destiny, by P. U. Patel.  [DS 481 P35 P427]

Rajendra Prasad

Rajendra Prasad, First President of India, by Kewalram Lalchand Panjabi. [DS 481 P7 P3]

Rajendra Prasad, by Kali Kinkar Datta. [DS 481 P7 D34]

Lal Bahadur Shastri

Lal Bahadur Shastri; An Illustrated Biography, by Mithrapuram K. Alexander. [DS 481 S48 A65]

Nehru's Mantle: The Politics of Succession in India, by Michael Brecher.  [DS 480.84 B68 1966A]

A Study of Lal Bahadur Shastri, edited by B. S. Gujrati. [DS 481 S48 G8 1966]

Lal Bahadur, A Political Biography, by D. R. Mankekar. [DS 481 S48 M3]

Manmohan Singh

Rabindranath Tagore

My Life in My Words, by Rabindranath Tagore.  [PK 1725 A425 2006]

The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore, by Kalyan Sen Gupta. [PK 1727 P45 S475 2005]

Rabindranath Tagore: A Critical Introduction, by K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar. [PK 1726 S75X 1986]

Rabindranath Tagore, by Mary M. Lago. [PK 1725 L3]

Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu)

A Revolution of Love: The Meaning of Mother Teresa, by David Scott. Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2005.  [BX 4406.5 Z8 S36 2005]

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, by Christopher Hitchens.  London: Verso, 1995. [BX 4406.5 Z8 H55 1995]

Something Beautiful for God: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, by Malcolm Muggeridge.  London: Collins, 1971.  [BX 4406.5 Z8 M8 1971]

Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Tilak and Gokhale: Revolution and Reform in the Making of Modern India, by Stanley A. Wolpert.  [DS 479.1 G6 W65 1989]

The Myth of the Lokamanya: Tilak and Mass Politics in Maharashtra, by Richard I. Cashman. [JQ 298 I5 C37]

Lokamanya Tilak: Father of Our Freedom Struggle, by Dhananhjay Keer. [DS 479.1 T54 K44]

Lokamanya Tilak; His Life, Mind, Politics and Philosophy, by V.G. Bhat. [DS 479.1 T54 B43X]

Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is a prominent environmental activist.  She is the author of numerous books, which can be found by searching her name by author in the Libraries' online catalog.

NOW with Bill Moyers : [videorecording]: Special Report: Rich World, Poor Women, a production of Public Affairs Television, Inc. for PBS in collaboration with NPR News, 2003.   Includes an interview with Vandana Shiva.  [Videocassette University Library lower level HD 6223 N68V 2003].