A century of political history in India is studied in this comprehensive and thoroughly researched five-volume account of the Indian National Congress. Founded in 1885, the political party was instrumental in the movement for independence in India and has formed the majority of the Indian governments since. Originally published in 1985, these volumes reintroduce an important historical work and cover 100 years of Indian politics with unparalleled thoroughness. This second volume covers the transformation of the Congress into a party of the people under the aegis of Mahatma Gandhi. The book also deals with the dissemination of socialist ideas within the national movement through the initiative of Jawaharlal Nehru. Contributors include M. S. Jain, J. C. Jha, Ravinder Kumar, J. P. Misra, B. R. Nanda, D. N. Panigrahi, S. N. Qanungo, Santimay Ray, Moin Shakir, Mohinder Singh, and Dwijendra Tripathi.
B. N. Pande was a freedom fighter, an eminent parliamentarian, a governor of Orissa, and a lifelong member of the Indian National Congress. He was honored with the Padma Shri Award by the Republic of India as well as the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration.