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Nehru Gandhi vision of India Another well written book on Nehru A man about whom there is much misunderstanding in India or at least an attempt is being made unfairly at present to show him in worse light than he deserves Surely he made some blunders but his passion and achievements to keep India united and to modernise it can t and shouldn t be overlooked The PanditJust how shall we define a PanditIt s not a panda nor a banditBut rather a Pandora s boxOf sophistry and paradoxThough Oxford sic gave it a degreeIt maintains its neutralityBy uietly hating General CliveAs hard as if he were aliveOn weighty international uestionsIt s far Christian than most Christians It s ever eager being meekTo turn someone else s cheekOft has it said all men are brothersAnd set that standard up for othersYet as it spoke it gerrymanderedProclaiming its private PakistandardThe neutral pandit walks aloneAnd if abroad it casts a stoneIt walks impartial to the last Ready at home to stone a casteAbandon I for now the pandit I fear I do not understand it Ogden Nashuite a savage bit of doggerel but even today and notably closer to home he remains the most grossly misunderstood and perhaps posthumously derided figure in Indian history My knowledge on the life and contributions of Nehru as the architect of modern India could be just life and contributions of Nehru as the architect of modern India could be just for me to probably participate in Class 5 debate competition Not Having read before Nehru s The Discovery of India and parts of Glimpses of World History I had huge appreciation for the learning and culture of Nehru However in the present times the amount of dirt that has been hurled at Nehru and his legacy interesting essay in Outlookthat it prompted me to read about Nehru A book by the current Congress MP and Nehruvian Sashi Tharoor is not expected to be objective in its assessment As the author admits himself I started the book as divided between admiration and criticism as when I finished it but the I delved in Nehru s life it was the admiration which deepened And I don t entirely blame the author The book presents the accounts of Nehru s life chronologically and focuses on the freedom fighter and revolutionary Nehru than the Statesman Nehru which I expected to read about The well presented chronicles are pretty informative and definitely presents Nehru in a pretty bright light It seemed that Tharoor has deliberately omitted the controversial actions inactions and interactions Whether we appreciate Nehru or call him a villain but his contributions to the nation cannot be undermined In the concluding essay Tharoor summarizes Nehru s legacy as Nehru s impact on India rested on four major pillars democratic institution building staunch pan Indian secularism socialist economics at home and a foreign policy of nonalignment Of the four major pillars of his system two democratic institution building and staunch secularism were indispensable to the country s survival as a pluralist land a third nonalignment preserved its self respect and enhanced its international standing without bringing any concrete benefits to the Indian people the fourth socialist economics was disastrous Condemning The Indian People To Poverty And Stagnation And Engendering the Indian people to poverty and stagnation and engendering red tapism and corruption on a scale rarely rivaled elsewhere Despite lacking depth and structural analysis there is little doubt that it is most beautifully written with Tharoorian English and could act as a nice introduction to the life and works of one of the prominent makers of modern IndiaI need to pick up a thicker biography A Great book which takes ou through the life of a person known for his diplomacy written by an eually matched diplomatwho writes a sentence as long as a page and still ou will be able to read it with excellent fluency. An activist his contributions to India's non violent struggle for independence and his witness to the violence of Cally 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 admirer of Nehru and believes that his contribution to India is immense This naturally has its effect on 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 ualities I had never known that Motilal was such a significant personality For all those Indians who talk ill of Nehru s independent thought process Tharoor gives some interesting snippets Nehru wrote in 1927 England in order to save herself from extinction will become a satellite of the US and incite American imperialism to fight by her side On China in the 1940s he writes that a communist victory would not necessarily mean a rule by the principles of Marx the role of the small peasant would ensure a departure from pure communism He also speculates in the 1940s that Britain and the US will join together to create a powerful Anglo Saxon bloc to dominate the world Tharoor writes about another little Known And Interesting Snippet About and interesting snippet about s democratic instincts Nehru himself penned an pseudonymous essay in the Modern Review in the late 1930s warning the countrymen to put a check on Nehru and stop him from becoming a Caesar as he has all the makings of a dictator in him This was because he was conscious of the risk that power and in particular mass adulation could turn one s headThere have been many who denounce on his conduct of foreign policy Still I am in agreement with Shashi Tharoor when he says Nehru projected a different ideal for India on the world stage The force of example the nobility of aspiration and the articulation of India s interests as those of a humanistic universalism all served to give Nehru s India stature India did not speak in terms of nation state rivalry or patriotic chauvinism Nehru sought a loftier place for India on the world stage For all its flaws this credibility was not easily achieved Such idealism obviously does not pay much dividends nor is it possible for any nation to sustain it consistently But it shows Nehru s vision of an India inspired by his tutelage under Gandhi and at the dawn of India s independence in the late 1940s there was a case for such idealism The book brings out Tharoor s passion for India through Nehru Tharoor himself is a citizen of the world and was an UN official and through his literary abilities he paints a composite picture of Jawaharlal Nehru With the rising middle class in India which like elsewhere tends to be right wing sectarian and parochial this book is a good balancer for the oung of India to understand the ideals of the. 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Nehru has been an exceptionally important figure in Indian History and he has been seen as a controversial figure as well I had the curiosity to know about his life and thoughts that I began reading this book It is a well written insight into the life of Nehru The description of his father s influence on him his relationship with his daughter Indira and his reverence towards Mahatma Gandhi are uite interesting Also his moderation handling of differences of opinions his foreign policy approach along with the course of India s independence struggle and thereafter has been discussed well However the book falls a Bit Short In Providing A short in providing a objective view It seems so appreciative of him that it fails to provide any sort of criticism when reuired To a uestioning mind this book increases the eagerness to know the flip side of Nehru It is a good read to know about his life events but it doesn t provide a sound analysis for shaping an objective opinion 5 stars A third entry to the classy shelf TLDR A must read that puts the people involved in Nationalist movement and Nehru s role in it as well as the feelings and ideals of Nehru in perspective Excellent language This is a magisterial work on Nehru I was suirming in shame at some points in the book that I didn t know some very basic things about the architects of my country I am not going to attempt to comment about Nehru himself I know too little and have too much adulation for him to provide any unbiased summary of the man and what he stood for However at the end of the book this is what I told myself Nehru ji was a great idealist nationalist and a statesman A very good writer a true secularist wannabe socialist and a terrible politician and a terrible judge of people Shashi Tharoor has become my most favorite autho The book is a fascinating journey through the life of Pt Nehru without being in any sort of biased bigots it is an honest approach biased bigots It is an honest approach bring into light Nehru s legacies there are good bad and ugly sides of it One needs to accept Nehru with all his glaring failures which will no doubt torment his soul not only till his death but continues even today Along with it comes his stupendous success too In a Hindu majority India he established a secular state which stood the storms of religious fanatics a fact testament months earlier in India as his grandson s Italian born religious fanatics a fact testament months earlier in India as his grandson s Italian born widow lead her party to a tremendous victory giving them second straight term in office against staunch Hindu partyShashi Tharoor has exhaled readers with vivid picture of India s freedom struggle to its earlier days The narrations at time not so impressive this one should expect while reading History A very very biased biography trying to paint the character of Nehru with the whitest and brightest colours From the very first chapter ou can see the author s support to the centre left Indian national Congress And at certain stages it s hypocritic as well For example motilal is shown to be this advanced and modern man who encourages Nehru to bring out the best of him but at the same time he believes that his daughters belong in the house The two stars are only for the elouent language and poetic description The author builds a vivid storyline which makes it easier to imagine the era and the characters But it s a disappointment when it comes to actually knowing the character of Nehru or the personality that Nehru was Even the harshest critic has to admit that Dr Tharoor in spite of his fair share of controversies is an impeccable painter with words The short witty biography of liter 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 diametri. 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Nehru The Invention of India