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The Discovery of India
In conjunction with the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund in New Delhi, Oxford proudly announces the reissue of Glimpses of World History and The Discovery of India, two famous works by Jawaharlal Nehru. One of modern day's most articulate statesmen, Jawaharlal Nehru wrote a on a wide variety of subjects. Describing himself as "a dabbler in many things," he committed his life...more
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Please read the originals - and travel through India, in case you really want to understand India's history. (less)
It is but folly for me to attempt to review a book so close to my heart. But, on my third reading of this book, it is time to finally go beyond the beauty of the prose and the elegance of Nehru’s presentation. It is time to see if the book achieves the objectives it sets out to achieve and judge it thus. I will let my earlier one-line review stand. Here goes…
The following passage reflects the objective of the book.
To know and understand India one has to travel far in time and space, to forget...more
Nevertheless, we cannot just disrupt and hope for something better without having some vision of the future we are working for, however vague that vision may be. We cannot just create a vacuum, or else that vacuum will fill itself up in a way that we may have to deplore. In the constructive schemes that we make, we have to pay attention to the human material we have to deal with, to the background of its thought and urges, and to the environment in which we have to function. To ignore all this...more
Discovery of India, starts and ends i ...more
His presentation of India's pa ...more
Otherwise it is a knowledgable view of India and gives a very good insight into british raj, the political atmosphere of the 1940s and why India is as impoverished as it is now...
Interesting to know he does n ...more
Written during his time in prison, the book starts out with Nehru asking some fellow countrymen who they are extolling as they chant out "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" during a campaign rally — a question that very persistently peeps its head out today decades later. He then goes on to articulate who or what constitute ...more
The Discovery Of India is the biography of India penned by the Nation's first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru. Written over 5 months when Nehru was imprisoned in the Ahmadnagar Fort, The Discovery of India turned out to be the magnum opus since it was first published in 1946. And it can rightly be put in the category of 'Classics' 'cause even after more than 69 years, the books seems an elegant work of yesterday.
Jawahar Lal Nehru begins by explaining his value system and philosophical leanings and how he derives them(this can be boring for some). He comments on India's history right from the Harappan Civili ...more
The two Englands live side by side, influencing each other, and ...more
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and abandon of youth, and the ripe wisdom of maturity that comes from long experience of pain and pleasure; and over and over a gain she has renewed her childhood and youth and age”
that have moulded them”