Jawaharlal Nehru

First a Democrat, Then a Socialist

MJ Akbar

What would Nehru have done if he were alive today, amidst the war between modernity and religiosity?

Bigger than the Sum of his Imperfections

He did a far better job of gaining knowledge of the larger sweep of history than any of his contemporaries. The confidence with which we condemn Nehru exposes the narrowness of our certainties more than it detracts from his achievements

Nehru, the Lady and Middle-Age Morality

How he juggled with supreme ease the personal and the public

Glimpses of Leadership

The letters of India’s first Prime Minister to his chief ministers are lessons that are not always socialist in nation building

The Last Stylist

From his sartorial elegance to linguistic flair to sexual charisma, Nehru was the aesthete-moderniser

His Honourable Son-in-Law

The uneasy relationship between the proud Feroze Gandhi and the detached Jawaharlal Nehru

How the Pandit Lost the Valley

It was in 1953 that Kashmir’s estrangement from the Indian Union began. Blame it on Nehru

Documentary Dictatorship

Shame: the Nehru Papers are still inaccessible to most Indian scholars and researchers

1962: A Gandhian War

Nehru’s Forward Policy was built on Satyagraha

The Nehru You Never Knew

Sat Paul Sahni’s first book of photographs was published this year, three months after his death. A Godrej almirah full of slides still remains, as do despatches from four wars


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