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Nehru: The Invention of India Paperback – December 1, 2004
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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.Read more ›
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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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. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Kumaran
Shashi Tharoor's review on Nehru is outstanding with regard to his assessment on Nehru's incovenient relationship he had shared with Mahatma Gandhi - besides vairous other Leaders... Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Amazon Customer