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Press Release-Pentagon Press
Title: Nehru: Utopian Or A Statesman?
Date: 27 Jul 2015
Description:

                       BOOK REVIEW

Rajurkar, N.G., Nehru: Utopian or a Statesman (New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2014). Pp. 222, Price 895.

DO I: 10.1 177/09749284 14568736

Rajurkar, in his book Nehru: Utopian or a Statesman, captures the essence and contribution of Jawaharlal Nehru as a freedom fighter and as a statesman. In his work based on primary sources and the authors personal interviews with Nehru, have further enriched this work which is about a person who captured the imagination of India, nay the world at large with his struggle, work and writings during the pre-Independence and post-Independence era, when he was anointed as the first prime minister of an independent democratic nation, India.

The book is divided into eight major chapters. In the initial two chapters, the author captures the initial years of Nehru's life, the experiences and influences that shaped his personality and outlook. The influence of Garibaldi, Karl Marx and their works, the revolution in Russia of 1917, Fabianism were all responsible for making Nehru adopt socialistic perspectives in both the domestic and international arena. Besides these the author argues, the English education that he received early in life in England and above all his exposure to Mahatma Gandhi and his ideas/life left a permanent imprint in Nehru's demeanour. In fact, Gandhi had a sobering influence on the youthful Jawaharlal that ultimately led to his plunging into the struggle for India's freedom movement, led by the Mahatma.

In Chapter 3, the author deals with Gandhi and his impact on Nehru. He was greatly influenced by Gandhi and his ideas though he did not subscribe to some of the methods adopted by Gandhi, completely. It was Gandhi who inspired Nehru and a host of Indians to be fearless both physically and more so men-tally. Nehru was drawn to Gandhi as he was a man of action. Nehru was attracted to the method, adoption of good means to achieve ones ends. Nehru did not allow his support to certain Gandhian methods alter his socialistic leanings, another major facet that Nehru supported was industrialisation that Gandhi opposed. Nehru was of the view that only industrialisation and use of technology and machinery could uplift the poor peasant-oriented economy of India.



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