An American in Gandhi's India: The Biography of Satyanand Stokes

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Indiana University Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 373 pages
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Samuel Evans Stokes, Jr., a son of a prominent Philadelphia family, was a 21-year-old Quaker missionary when he arrived in India in 1904 to work in a home for lepers. He soon became disillusioned with the foreign missionary community and began a new spiritual quest, adopting Indian dress, forgoing the privileges of a Westerner in colonial India, and founding a mendicant religious brotherhood. Later in life he married a Rajput Christian girl, converted to Hinduism, and adopted a new name. Stokes became a leader in Gandhi's independence movement in the 1920s, and was the only American jailed by the British for this cause. He is most often remembered in India, however, as the man who introduced American Delicious apples to the Himalayas. An American in Gandhi's India draws on oral history and interviews as well as Stokes's books, journals, and letters. Sharma's fascinating account offers a rare glimpse into a century of interaction between India and the United States.

 

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Perhaps author forgot to mention or delibrately did not mention the genealogy in toto.
Chander Mohan Sirkeck S/o Late Savitri & Late Laxmi Singh Sirkeck married Marian Jeremiah.
and they were
blessed with two children's namely Yaman Sirkeck & Yasmine Sirkeck.
And His eldest son Yaman Sirkeck who also happens to be the religious head of SIRKECK'S.
 

Contents

Prologue
1
1 A Journey of No Return
3
2 The Quest Begins
14
3 The Ascetic
26
4 Visit Home
38
5 The Brotherhood in India
51
6 Alternate Path
59
7 An Inner Struggle
65
19 A School in My Garden
206
20 Came to Teach and Stayed to Learn
221
21 Satyakamvadi
237
22 The Burdens Increase
254
23 Marketing the Fruits of Labor
266
24 World War II and After
275
25 The Vedantist
283
26 Eventide
294

8 Home at Last a Family Man
77
9 War on Two Fronts
92
10 For the Rights of Men Begar
103
11 Joining the Freedom Struggle
114
12 The Fight Continues
123
13 In Khadi
132
14 Following the National Trail
139
15 Arrest and Trial
146
16 Guest of the British Empire
156
17 Debates with GandhiTest of Friendship
187
18 Johnny Appleseed of the Himalayas
198
Epilogue
304
Acknowledgments
315
Appendix 1 Folk Song Composed on the Occasion of Stokes Marriage
319
Appendix 2 Stokes Written Statement
321
Appendix 3 Verses Written in Jail
328
Glossary
331
Notes
335
Bibliography
359
Index
365
back cover
375
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About the author (2008)

Asha Sharma is a granddaughter of Satyanand Stokes. A graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, she has been a fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research and a Research Associate at the University of California at Berkeley.

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