RAJA GOPALA CHARI, popularly known as "Rajaji"
or "C.R.", was a great patriot, astute politician, incisive thinker, and one of
the greatest statesmen.
A close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, he was an ardent freedom fighter.
In his capacity successively as Chief Minister of Madras, Governor of West Bengal, Home
Minister and the first Indian Governor General of India he rendered yeoman service to the
country and left an indelible impress on our contemporary life.
Rajajis books on Marcus Aurelius, the Bhagavad Gita and
the Upanishads are popular. But in Mahabharata he displays his inimitable flair for
telling stories and applying their moral to the. needs of modem times.
The stories were originally written in Tamil and have been rendered
into English, mainly by Rajaji himself. To have pre served the beauty and spirit of the
great original in refined and simple English is an achievement of the highest order.
Rajaji passed away in 1972 at the age of 94.