Going to Wipe Their Tears is a condensed version of the last volume of the epic biography of Ghandi written by Pyarelal Nayar. The original book covers the last phase of Mahatma Gandhi’s life, 1946 47, in which the results of all the experiments that he carried out throughout his career were put through their severest and final test. Pyarelal was acutely aware of Gandhi’s state of mind. Indeed, of all Gandhi’s associates, Pyarelal is the most sensitive and articulate in describing these moods.
Pyarelal was secretary to Gandhi. The Last Phase deals with the last 21 months of Gandhi"s life beginning with his release from detention in the Aga Khan"s palace in May 1944. It describes in fair detail the political developments of those years resulting from the British government"s intention to relinquish power in India, Pyarelal says: "During those fatal days, like a Titan he rushed from one danger spot to another to prop up the crumbling heavens."
This is an easy-to-read lucid account which has made the account of Pyarelal more accessible to the general reader.
Mahendra Maghani was born in Mumbai and educated in Bhavnagar, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. He studied journalism at Columbia University. He is an editor.