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
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
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
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
His presentation of India's pa...more
The content of this book shows the depth of knowledge Mr Nehru possess. He has referred numerous texts and books in this work, all of these references was not possible to be arranged inside the prison. He wrote this book entirely in a prison and wrote...more
Would recommend that one reads a comprehensive histor...more
If you haven't already read 'India After Gandhi' by R.Guha, this book is a perfect background setting for it. Nehru's understanding of India and her problems is just amazing.
The book kinda makes you wonder how things went so terribly wrong in the first 40 years of independent India despite such detailed and flawless vision, which still kinda...more
The book written between August 09th 1942 and March 28th 1945, is dedicated to all of Nehru's colleagues and co-prisoners who were in the Ahmadnagar Fort prison with him, during that period.
The first edition had been published in March 1946 by Dilip Kumar Gupta of Signet Press. An immediate reprint was done again in the same month that year.
dated January 9, 1960: Enquiry into charges
Prime Minister Nehru categorically ruled out any proposal for appointing a high power tribunal to enquire into and investigate charges of corruption against Ministers or persons in high authority, for the main reason that, in India, or for that matter any other country where there was a democra...more
I really liked the last 100 pages of book as Nehru gives all the suggestions or changes that has to be done in India to...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”