No work on Gandhi or perhaps on Indian history gives such a deep and scholarly insight into the vitality of Islam as this book. Hailed as thought-provoking the book actors see Mahatma Gandhi as one among the actors who made possible a new India. His achievement in lifting the vision of people to new heights are his own, but his shortcomings are the result of complex forces beyond his control. Here is a land where over the centuries not only the Hindus and Muslims but several alien cultures had lived in coexistence, under dynastic rule. Then a innovation styled British model of democracy based on party system was ushered in. born in the sequel was a power conscious political animal who thrived in conflict, and who for individual aggrandizement played up the fears and religious sentiments of the people. The anarchy bloodlettime which preceded and followed the birth of two sovereign nations are vividly described.