In his translator's preface to the revised edition of Gandhiji's autobiography, Mahadev Desai stated: ‘It has now undergone careful revision, and from the point of view of language, it has had the benefit of careful revision by a revered friend, who, among many other things, has the reputation of being an eminent English scholar’. The identity of the 'revered friend' was not disclosed, nor were the extent and nature of changes recorded. This concordance table reconstructs the entire process of revision and provides a detailed analysis of the changes made by Sir V S Srinvasas Sastri.
Tridip Suhrud is Professor at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar, Gujarat and a member of Compost Heap. He is the author of Writing Life: Three Gujarati Thinkers and Hind Swaraj Vishe. He has translated Narayan Desai's four-volume biography of Gandhi, My Life is My Message into English.