Nehru: The Invention of India

Simon and Schuster, 17/10/2011 - 304
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Tharoor writes with shrewd wit and cautious ambivalence about Nehru, whom he admires as the Thomas Jefferson of India...[an] engaging short biography. Publishers Weekly

Shashi Tharoor delivers an incisive biography of the great secularist whoalongside his spiritual father, Mahatma Gandhiled the movement for Indias independence from British rule and ushered his newly independent country into the modern world. The man who would one day help topple British rule and become Indias first prime minister started out as a surprisingly unremarkable student. Born into a wealthy, politically influential Indian family in the waning years of the Raj, Jawaharlal Nehru was raised on Western secularism and the humanist ideas of the Enlightenment. Once he met Gandhi in 1916, Nehru threw himself into the nonviolent struggle for Indias independence, a struggle that wasnt won until 1947. India had found a perfect political complement to her more spiritual advocate, but neither Nehru nor Gandhi could prevent the horrific price for independence: partition. This fascinating biography casts an unflinching eye on Nehrus heroic efforts for, and stewardship of, independent India and gives us a careful appraisal of his legacy to the world.

A good summing up of Nehrus triumphs and failures...Tharoors style is smooth and pleasant. The New York Times Book Review

How Tharoor achieves such lucidity along with scholarly exigence is absolutely remarkable. Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

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  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

Another well written piece from this author. Provides some detailed insights into the life of this great man. A truly international figure who left an indelible mark on both the Gloabal and National ...

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  - dmcolon - LibraryThing

Tharoor's biography of Nehru starts out a bit slow, but ends as an engaging meditation on the life of one of India's founding fathers. Tharoor does a thorough job chronicling Nehru's early years as a ...

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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.