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Nehru - The Invention of India
Nehru - The Invention of India

Nehru - The Invention of India

by Shashi Tharoor

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

0670049859 - Year: 2003 - Pages: 262

Binding

Hardcover

Shashi Tharoor

Author: Shashi Tharoor
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 262
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0670049859

Description

This short biography examines a great figure of twentieth-century nationalism from the vantage point of the beginning of the twenty-first. Deftly waving personal facets with historical happenings, it tells the fascinating story of Jawaharlal Nehru's life.

Finely portrayed is the unremarkable youth who found his calling in politics and followed Gandhi into British jails; the aristocrat born to privilege who was moved by the plight of peasants because of his socialist convictions; the cosmopolitan who became the hero of the nationalist youth; the die-hard secularist who confronted Hindu mobs, trying to stop the Partition violence; and the Prime Minister who desired to educate the poor, illiterate and idolizing Indian masses in democracy by his own personal example.

The book also analyses the principal pillars of Nehru's legacy to India: democratic institution building, staunch pan-Indian secularism, socialist economics at home and a foreign policy of non-alignment. Tharoor sees the first two as having been indispensable to the survival of our pluralism, and non-alignment to preserving our self-respect, though socialist economics, he believes, was disastrous-boosting poverty, stagnation and widespread corruption. All of these, however, were integral to a vision of Indianness that is fundamentally contested today.

Beautifully written and sparking with fresh insights, full of anecdotes retold with a novelist's pen, this book offers us a reinterpretation of an extraordinary man and his times.

Contents

PREFACE
Family Tree

ONE
With Little to Commend Me
1889-1912

TWO
Greatness is Being Thrust Upon Me
1912-1921

THREE
To Suffer for the Dear Country
1921-1928

FOUR
Hope to Survive the British Empire
1928-1931

FIVE
In Office but Not i

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