THE NEHRUS, MOTILAL AND JAWAHARAL by . R. Nanda

THE NEHRUS, MOTILAL AND JAWAHARAL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It is not easy to fathom the depth of the emotion which centers on an only son in a Hindu family,"" says Nanda. For a time, while he was at Harrow and Cambridge absorbing the best traditions of English democracy, it seemed the son would eschew the conservative Moderation of his father for the Extremist position of the movement for hasty independence; yet the love the two men held for each each other bound them in an enduring understanding. The father's early success and the opulence of his law-practice days; his disdain for the anachronisms of his religion -- while upholding its points of merit; their relationship to Mrs. Annie Besant and the Theosophist movement; the rise of Gandhi and Jawaharlal's view of , the Mahatma's doctrine of non-violent non-cooperation, are the fabric of this joint biography. The book concludes with Motilal's death, having described Jawaharlal as being fully committed to politics as a profession, but forecasting no specific picture of his eventual rise to the ultimate leadership of a free India.

Publisher: John Day