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Nehru: The Making of India

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A political and personal biography of Nehru to be published before the 100th anniversary of his birth in November 1989, by an Indian journalist. He also wrote "India: The Siege Within".
Paperback, 624 pages
Published April 3rd 1990 by Penguin Books (first published April 14th 1989)
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Mikey B.
What a history! The struggle and overthrow of imperialism, religious strife, nation building and civil war are all in here. Plus two of the great leaders of the twentieth century – Gandhi and Nehru. By great leaders I mean humanistic and genuinely good and well meaning for their people.

Both Gandhi and Nehru had different approaches – Nehru was more down to earth and viewed science and technology as assets to be harnessed for his country. Also he came from a rich family – his father was a prosper
The author's adoration of Nehru is apparent. That is hardly surprising given the kind of awe Nehru inspired among his country men. Yet the writing is objective and fairly balanced.

Beautifully explored in this book is the Motilal-Jawaharlal relationship. The Gandhi-Jawaharlal relationship comes second. The downside is that Nehru's relationship with his wife and daughter or his colleagues - Patel, Azad, Krishna Menon, Dr. Radhakrishnan - are not adequately investigated.

Nehru always loomed large i
Anil Swarup
It is a fitting tribute to the "founder" of Indian nation. Akbar is candid, as he always is and conveys his thoughts with precision and perception.
M J Akbar is a historian more than a journalist. And he doesn't hold back his knowledge of history at any point in this book. Hence you end up becoming knowledgeable about M K Gandhi, Maulana Azad, Sardar Patel ,Jinnah, Sheikh Abdullah and many more people.
But the crux of this book is obviously Panditji.
The simple conclusion that you draw from this book is that we as Indians are lucky to have had a Founding Father in the form of Panditji.
And it will be a shame if we don't live up to his ide
Ankur Taneja
A fascinating read into the life of Pandit Nehru. M. J. Akbar captures the historical events around Nehru's life very eloquently, and makes the book feel more of a history book than a biography. The historical narrative presented provides key insights into the life of other leading figures of Nehru's time as well, and portrays Nehru's life in context with the then realities.
Akbar spends most of the time in the book in the pre-1947 era, which undoubtedly does deserve a larger share. Though for a
Reading a biography is like living a life. Once.
Thankfully, I did not pick the standard biography by Breecher (as it published in 1959) or the exhaustive one by S.Gopal (didn't trust him).
This book is the benchmark of how a pol biography should be written. Rather than following the central figure and describing events around him it does the opposite. The narrative gives u a comprehensive picture of India from 1880s to 1964 and places Nehru in it. Secondly, a very balanced and exhaustive coverag
Abhishek Rao
A poignant and well researched book which intertwines the journey of Indian struggle for Independence with life journey of Nehru.The book succeeds in bringing real Nehru without any pretentions or hangup of putting Nehru into silos of morality or perfidy.The author tries to cover aspects of Nehru's life which are not neccasarily patronizing towards the leader,including issues like Edwina-Nehru affair and countless escapades post Kamala Nehru's death. The best part about the book is that it tries ...more
MJ Akbar is one of the most under- rated journalist writer in India today. This biography is a must read for all who have even slightest interest in the political history of India. An easy read and gives a detailed insight into the mind of our first prime minister and one of the greatest world leaders of 20th century.
Vidhya Nair
An extremely well-written book that chronicles Nehru's life. Loved it. Very inspiring. His relationship with his father was particularly noteworthy and hugely inspiring. I draw on my memory to that section of the book as the hallmark of this book.
Subroto Chattopadhyay
What a man, what a book ....vintage akbar
Vikas Lather
Great book, must read
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Mobashar Jawed "M.J." Akbar (born 11 January 1951) is a leading Indian journalist and author. He was the Editorial Director of India Today, India's leading weekly English news magazine published by the Living Media group till his resignation in October 2012. He also had an additional responsibility of overseeing the media conglomerate's English news channel, Headlines Today.
He launched "The Sunday
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