Raman was an uncompromising, dominant, power seeking and intuitive scientist. His disputes with his colleagues on the issues of several scientific institutions in India were not only a part of his personality but also connected to India's internal politics. So far Raman's scientific controversies with German and British scientists are concerned, they were rather due to his way of thinking about the relation between theory and experiment than to be interpreted in terms of an "East-West conflict". Hundreds of hitherto unknown letters and newspaper cuttings are employed to discuss unknown facets of Raman's interaction with the most eminent and influential physicists of his time.
It is aimed to adopt a critical and objective approach and present Sir C.V. Raman FRS not as a legend and myth but as a scientist and science organizer with a complex personality.
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