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Nehru: Utopian or A Statesman

N.G. Rajurkar (Author) Rajen Harshe (Foroward)

In the year of the fiftieth death anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, this timely book has ventured to review Nehru's contribution in shaping trajectories of political developments in pre and post-independent India. In the process, it covers a wide canvas of ideas, ideologies, personalities and events that were most significant in Nehru's political career as a freedom fighter (1920-1947) and the first Prime Minister of India (1947-1964).

In his relentlessly persuasive narrative, the author not merely argues that Nehru was the tallest leader of independent India but he places Nehru next only to his master, Mahatma Gandhi. On the one hand, the author gives credit to Nehru for recasting Gandhian ideas within the framework of modernity, while on the other hand, he is conscious of the fact that Nehru parted company with Gandhi as a modernizer and built foundations of heavy industry, constructed large dams and chose to run Indian National Congress (INC) as an umbrella party, even though Gandhi would have liked it to be dissolved after independence. The author asserts that even though Nehru's emancipatory project of development did take cognizance of Marxist ideas, he was uncomfortable with dogmatic and doctrinaire views of Indian communists who looked for inspiration from outside to formulate their plan of action in India. Consequently, he chose to oppose them in domestic politics. After observing all the protocols of scholarship and going through the relevant primary sources in minute details, the author has refrained from squeezing Nehru's policies into any straitjacket schematic framework by either dubbing them as idealistic or realistic. Instead, he has explored complexities that shaped such policies in order to come to terms with the making of modern India.

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About the author

Rajen Harshe

Rajen Harshe is professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad. A Ph.D. from Jawaharalal Nehru University, he did part of his doctoral work on a French government fellowship at the Fondation Nationale Des Science Politiques, Paris, during 1973-75. He was also a Fulbright scholar at the Columbia University, New York in 1985-86. Apart from several books, he has also published articles in prestigious journals and anthologies on areas related to concepts, theories and processes in international relations.

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Title Nehru: Utopian or A Statesman
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.10.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Pentagon Press
Language: English
isbn 9788182747999
length xvi+222p.,, 1 Page of Plates; Illustrations; 24cm.
Subjects History