Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, founded by K M Munshi in 1938, lists a veritable galaxy of national leaders- Rajendra Prasad, C Rajagopalachari, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel- among its founding members. Started in Mumbai, but now having over 200 affiliated institutions- including 7 outside India, this organisation brings out nearly 1800 titles in English, Sanskrit and several Indian languages.
The Bhavan pursues a range of activities- the teaching of foreign languages being one, vocational training being another, not to mention a full fledged course in, of all things, astrology. At the same time, they do publish low cost editions of valuable books. Among their titles are C Rajagopalachari's tellings of the Ramayana and Mahabharata which cannot be matched for erudition and readability. Mrinalini Sarabhai's biography of Mahatma Gandhi. Lada Gurden Singh's biography of Subbudu. D P Chattopadhyaya's Societies, Cultures, and Ideologies. These are just a sampling of many hidden and unexpected treasures.
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