Revisiting Pandit Nehru - A personal account

  • Posted on: 25 January 2017
  • By: Ritambhara

 

I have always had an affinity towards Jawaharlal Nehru.

Maybe, it was because I spent about 15 years of my life in JNU where his name featured in my address or maybe, and I give this one more weight, it is because both my parents have always spoken highly of him and introduced him to me as a man who was immensely intelligent, extremely educated and unbelievably popular but at the same undeniably humble till the very end.

Silent movie on celebration of India's first Republic day - A British Pathe film

  • Posted on: 25 January 2017
  • By: Yawer

MS Dr Soekarno, President of Indonesia, alighting from aeroplane at Willingdon aerodrome and being greeted by Pandit Nehru, who introduces him to the Governor General Mr C Rajagopalachari. CU Madame Soekarno being greeted by Rajagopalachari and Indian woman, pan to back view Soekarno with garland round neck. MS elevated Nehru, Soekarno and others. Various interior shots of Durbar Hall showing people taking their places for the proclamation of the Republic ceremony. LS personalities walking to the platform. MS Mr Rajagopalachari introducing Dr Rajendra Prasad (the new President). MS Dr Prasad sitting down on throne.

Nehruvian Socialism - an assessment of Indian economy after independence

  • Posted on: 24 January 2017
  • By: Vivek

Image Credits: Life magazine

Much blame is directed at Nehru for pushing India towards a socialist economic policy. How much blame is justifiable, and who can claim to cast the first stone? What was the economic policy of Jana Sangh during 1950’s and 60s?

Nehru went to Trinity College, Cambridge in October 1907 and graduated with an honours degree in natural science in 1910. In his Autobiography, he gives some clues on the early influences on him

Frequently Asked Questions Part 1: Socialism, Birth, and Partition

  • Posted on: 24 January 2017
  • By: Neha

Out of the filth floating about freedom fighters the current regime deems as ‘anti-national’ on the skin of the Internet sewers, a good 80% is easily disproved by either common sense or a quick search on the internet. However, there is of course ‘intellectual propaganda’, where even those who do not get their history lessons from Whatsapp tend to believe in. These often prey on vague subjects, such as ancestry, or trying to pin the blame of a catastrophic event on a single person. This will, hopefully, be the beginning of a historical FAQs section, where common misconceptions about Nehru’s (and possibly other cabinet members) dealing with the country are addressed. These are questions adapted from legitimately asked queries on sites such as Quora or Twitter, with any sources being referred at the end of each piece.

Nehru in brief

  • Posted on: 16 January 2017
  • By: Staff writer

Jawaharlal Nehru was born in Allahabad in 1889 into an well off family of high achievers. His father was a successful lawyer. His sister Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, went on to become the first woman president of the UN General Assembly. Nehru was home shchooled by English governesses and tutors till about 16. He then went to Harrow School and  Trinity College, where he earned a degree in natural science. He then studied law at the Inner Temple, London and then returned to India in 1912 and practiced law for several years. Four years later, Nehru married Kamala Kaul; and their only daughter Indira Priyadarshini, was born in 1917.

Did Nehru pass on a permanent seat in the UN Security Council?

  • Posted on: 15 January 2017
  • By: Neha

Every time the Indian government is forced in between a rock and a hard place, the immediate, knee jerk response is to blame it on Nehru. Whether it’s rapes in JNU, power cuts in Delhi, or even his own erasure from textbooks: the finger always points in a single direction. However, the UNSC seat (namely, that Nehru passed it up, and apparently ruined India forever) is one of the set in stone phrases used by those too prudent to bring in his personal life, and too lackadaisical to indulge in contemplation of circumstance and fact.

The Nehru you don't know

  • Posted on: 15 January 2017
  • By: Yawer

 

Even as India's first PM is scrubbed out from textbooks, his reputation is being savaged on the internet

* Jawahar, the Arabic word for pearl, could not have been chosen by any Kashmiri Brahmin as a name for his child.

* Jawaharlal Nehru's grandfather was Ghiasuddin Ghazi, a kotwal of the Mughals, who changed his name to Gangadhar Nehru.

* Nehru was born in a brothel in Allahabad.

* Nehru got a Catholic nun pregnant, and was indebted to the church for spiriting her away from India. He died of syphilis.

Nehru explains idea behind Bharat Mata ki jai

  • Posted on: 15 January 2017
  • By: Yawer

In the first episode of Bharat Ek Khoj, Nehru beautifully explained the meaning of Bharat Mata. Below is an excerpt of his account from the book Discovery of India.

 

Sometimes as I reached a gathering, a great roar of welcome  would greet me: Bharat Mata ki Jai – Victory to Mother India!  I would ask them unexpectedly what they meant by that cry, who  was this Bharat Mata, Mother India, whose victory they wanted?  

Tryst with destiny

  • Posted on: 14 January 2017
  • By: Yawer

Jawaharlal Nehru's tryst with destiny speech is widely known as one of the greatest speeches ever delivered. The speech remarkably expressed the struggle of the past and a dream of the a bright and prosperous India.

Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now that time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.

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