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The discovery of India

by Jawaharlal Nehru

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Insightful narration of Indian History   (2012-09-19)


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by Ubalu

Jawaharlal Nehru, a freedom-fighter for independent India, and later, the first Prime Minister of India, spent many years in prison in British India. He used his time in prison wisely and wrote books. 'Discovery of India' is one of his well-known works and widely regarded in India as a classic.

In the Preface, Pandit Nehru states that the book was written in prison in 1944. The fellow prisoners were scholars from a cross-section of India. They held discussions on numerous topics on history, which helped Nehru clear his mind on various aspects of Indian history and culture. He mentions that it was a privilege to live in close contacts with ‘men of outstanding ability and culture, and a wide human outlook which even passions of the moment did not obscure’. Nehru's manuscript was typed and published, unedited and unchanged, by his daughter Indira.

The book is Indian history as Pandit Nehru saw it. Whether the reader agrees with the contents or not, it is certainly scholarly and thought-provoking. He has covered ancient to modern history, and has presented his own ideas for the future.

The subject is incredibly vast and deep, but the truly interested reader will enjoy the book immensely.

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