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Nehru: The Invention of India Paperback – December 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559707372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559707374
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,119,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shashi Tharoor was born in London and brought up in Bombay and Calcutta. He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Times of India, and Foreign Affairs. A human rights activist and winner of a Commonwealth Writers Prize, he is currently a member of the Indian Parliament and lives in New Dehli, India. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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An excellent and much needed book.
Dr. Frances L. Harper
Mr. Tharoor's style is simple and brings out the essential facts in a simple understandable manner.
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I believe that Shashi Tharoor did an amazing job in this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shauna Singh Baldwin on September 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Shashi Tharoor's latest book is a most enjoyable interpretive history of Nehru's amazing life. I felt as if Tharoor was travelling with me as I read in trains and planes, talking directly to me. He brought me to tears when Nehru died -- very hard to do using non-fiction. A delightful book -- warm, generous and globally aware, it's a wonderful reading experience. Tharoor gives us a better context for understanding a contradictory statesman, and made me wonder what Nehru and the freedom fighters would think of India and the world today. My only criticism: it's too short!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Frances L. Harper on August 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
An excellent and much needed book. The major works on Nehru were written several decades ago. I will use this in my graduate

course. It is written in a clear and straight forward style

that makes it easy to read. I particularly appreciate Tharoor's

picture of the power of Nehru in India and internationally.

Nehru's tremendous influence on the decolonial movement is

often forgotten today. If there is any weakness, I would have

liked Tharoor to have explored more Gandhi's influence on Nehru.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raghu Nathan on March 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
It is not easy to write a biography of a towering and complex personality like Nehru and not end up short. Everyone interested in India and its history has an opinion on Nehru and often they are diametrically opposite to one another. Tharoor, like me, is an admirer of Nehru and believes that his contribution to India is immense. This naturally, has its effect on his portrayal of Nehru and so this book should not be viewed as a comprehensive study of the man or of all his achievements and failures. I see this book as another perspective on Nehru and a well-written one.

Nowadays, in India and particularly in the Indian diaspora, it is fashionable to denounce Nehru as the 'lotus-eater' from Kashmir and as one who ruined India's economic development and also as one who encouraged a pseudo-secular culture in India. Tharoor challenges this well in his book and shows the legacy of Nehru and the India that he tried to build on the pillars of democratic institution-building, staunch pan-Indian secularism, socialist economics at home and a foreign policy of non-alignment. In addition, I found that Tharoor brings out certain aspects of the past which are generally not highlighted in the teaching of history in our schools in India.

For example, it was his father Motilal Nehru whose liberal and rationalist temperament that gave the son his scientific inclinations and agnosticism. Motilal had no time for the self-appointed guardians of any faith, abhorred bigotry and had contempt for Hindu communalism which mirrored the Muslim League. Motilal was also moderate and believed in compromise to find common ground. One can see that Jawaharlal Nehru imbibed all these qualities. I had never known that Motilal was such a significant personality.
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I am a huge fan of Jawaharlal Nehru The Architect of Modern India. I sincerely believe that Nehru is a blessing to India just like Mahatma Gandhi.

Nehru's contribution to India reached deep roots and empowered lot of people in the first decade of Independence. This book is an unbiased portrayal of Nehru's life.

I believe that Shashi Tharoor did an amazing job in this book. I am a huge fan of Shashi Tharoor English writing style.
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