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Nehru : The Invention of India

Shashi Tharoor

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ISBN 10: 0670049859 / ISBN 13: 9780670049851
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Contents: Preface. 1. With little to commend me 1889-1912. 2. Greatness is being thrust upon me 1912-1921. 3. To suffer for the dear country 1921-1928. 4. Hope to survive the British Empire 1928-1931. 5. In office but not in power 1931-1937. 6. In the name of God, go 1937-1945. 7. A tryst with destiny 1945-1947. 8. Commanding heights 1947-1957. 9. Free myself from this daily burden 1957-1964. 10. India must struggle against herself 1889-1964-2003. A note on Indian political movements. A note on sources. Select Bibliography. This short biography examines a great figure of twentieth-century nationalism from the vantage point of the beginning of the twenty-first. Deftly weaving 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 sparkling 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. 261 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 50226

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Title: Nehru : The Invention of India

Publisher: Viking

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xi, 261 p. Encuadernación en tapa dura de editorial con sobrecubierta ilustrada. Idioma Inglés. by Shashi Tharoor. Includes bibliographical references (p. [258]-261) and index .. Este libro es de segunda mano y tiene o puede tener marcas y señales de su anterior propietario. ISBN: 0670049859

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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.

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