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Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru: Second Series Volume Twenty Eight

 
H.Y. Sharada Habib (Editor) Ravinder Kumar (Author)
Synopsis The current volume of the Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru covers the period from 1 February to 31 May 1955. … This is a period marked by some seminal developments within India as well as within the world community. At the Avadi session of the Indian National Congress….Nehru (had) set in motion a novel programme… with the objective of creating… a "socialistic pattern of society"… (One of the) concrete initiatives (taken up) at this juncture… was the adoption of the Constitution (Fourth Amendment) Bill…(It) highlighted the limits of what Nehru was prepared to do… in pursuit of his design of transforming India from an agricultural into an industrial society. The Second Five Year Plan… was (also) built around (similar) clear-cut objectives and a coherent strategy… The Nehruvian revolution… was anti-feudal rather than anti-capitalist in its conceptualisation as well as in its execution. Nehru clearly realised that history has placed upon his shoulders the heavy responsibility of dismantling an outdated, oppressive and inefficient feudal order, which… stood in the way of transforming India into a caring industrial society, that was…concerned with ensuring social equity and material dignity for the lowly placed citizens of the Republic… No less significant was the initiative taken by Jawaharlal Nehru…in organizing (at Bandung) an international conference of nations from Asia and Africa…(His) unstated objective was to carve out, without the organisation of distinctive bloc, such liberal space for the non-aligned nations, as would enable them to assert their freedom of action within a vastly extended ‘Area of Peace’… While the renewed conversations between the leaders of India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue proved abortive, an interesting clue to what Pakistan sought to secure for itself in Kashmir came to light in the proposals…voiced by Ghulam Mohammed through some informal channels. (He) had suggested that "a large area of the Jammu province…should be transferred to Pakistan, that Skardu might be transferred to India, and that the Kargil area should be attached to Kashmir…Some kind of a plebiscite of the Kashmir area… was envisaged." Needless to say, Jawaharlal Nehru dismissed these proposals offhand, thus bringing the dialogue to an abrupt end….
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Bibliographic information

Title Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru: Second Series Volume Twenty Eight
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195658280
length 636p.