The neutral pandit walks alone, And if abroad, it casts a stone, It walks impartial to the last, Ready at home to stone a caste.
My knowledge on the life and contributions of Nehru as the architect of modern India, could be just sufficient for me to probably participate in Class 5 debate competition. In the concluding essay, Tharoor summarizes Nehru's legacy as - Nehrus impact on India rested on four major pillars democratic institution-building, staunch pan-Indian secularism, socialist economics at home, and a foreign policy of nonalignment.
In our country almost everyone has an opinion about chacha nehru, but the way Dr. Tharoor has articulated his entire journey of life in a crisp & concise manner without leaving out any facts or being judgmental about it.
Tharoor, like me, is an admirer of Nehru and believes that his contribution to India is immense. Tharoor challenges this well in his book and shows the legacy of Nehru and the India that he tried to build on the pillars of democratic institution-building, staunch pan-Indian secularism, socialist economics at home and a foreign policy of non-alignment. Tharoor writes about another little-known and interesting snippet about Nehru's democratic instincts. Still, I am in agreement with Shashi Tharoor when he says: " Nehru projected a different ideal for India on the world stage. But it shows Nehru's vision of an India, inspired by his tutelage under Gandhi and at the dawn of India's independence in the late 1940s, there was a case for such idealism. The book brings out Tharoor's passion for India through Nehru.
The book is genuine attempt at distilling the great and varied life of Nehru. The author is unapologetic when portraying the faults of the great man, and doesn't try to deify him at any point. Throughout the book, the author doesn't hide the fact that he admires Nehru, but doesn't allow that to compromise the work in any sort. The exploration of the relationship between Motilal and his son, as well as Gandhi and Nehru, though cursorial, is a very important constituent of the book. Though primarily about Nehru, the author explores in sufficient detail the mood of the country, whenever Nehru is in jail, or otherwise incapable of being physically present for the Nationalist movement. Similarly, throughout the book, the author marks important happenings and doesn't fail to follow to link them to Nehru, even if the connection isn't apparent to the layman reader easily.
The book is a fascinating journey through the life of Pt. Nehru, without being in any sort of biased bigots.
It is a good read to know about his life events but it doesn't provide a sound analysis for shaping an objective opinion.
The author builds a vivid storyline which makes it easier to imagine the era and the characters.
He previously served as the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information and as the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs. He has also served as a trustee of the Aspen Institute, and the Advisory of the Indo-American Arts Council, the American India Foundation, the World Policy Journal, the Virtue Foundation and the human rights organization Breakthrough He is also a Patron of the Dubai Modern High School and the managing trustee of the Chandran Tharoor Foundation which he founded with his family and friends in the name of his late father, Chandran Tharoor. Tharoor has been a highly-regarded columnist in each of India's three best-known English-language newspapers, most recently for The Hindu newspaper (20012008) and in a weekly column, Shashi on Sunday, in the Times of India (January 2007 December 2008). The Great Indian Novel is currently in its 28th edition in India and his newest volume.