Jawaharlal Nehru : The Man Of All Seasons

“In bravery, he is not to be surpassed. Who can excel him in the love of country? He is rash and impetuous, say some — and if he has the dash and rashness of a warrior, he also has the prudence of a statesman — he is pure as a crystal, he is truthful beyond suspicion. He is a knight sans peur, sans reproche – the nation is safe in his hands.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

 

Jawaharlal Nehru, The first Prime Minister of independent India. 

 

The man who remained as the PM for seventeen-long-years, democratically, an achievement in itself. 

 

The man who before India’s independence stayed behind the bars for almost a decade.

 

The man who throughout his life fought against superstition, ignorance, and most importantly against the colonialism and neo-colonialism. 

 

The man who gave the right direction to India which she badly needed after her independence.

 

Nehru, A contemporary's estimate is a good book on nehru.

But, as they say, ‘All heroes, if they are around long enough, will see themselves become the villain’. Same goes with Nehru. Hounding him became a popular sport in India.

 

Like the compass which always pinpoint towards the North direction, blaming Nehru for whatever issues which we Indians are facing in this 21th century, is rule of the land now.

 

Nehru, A contemporary’s estimate is one of best written book I’ve came across on him. Within a few hundred pages, the author judiciously unravelled him. His achievements, his mistakes, and those things that made him the kind of man he was, is mentioned by the author.

 

Although, Nehru had committed some blunders during his prime-ministership. 

 

Like he trusted China too much, and it costs him and India heavily. 

 

He subconsciously created a system of nepotism and sycophancy. 

 

And he liked to do everything and anything, too much of centralisation which proved a bad policy for a country as diverse as India.

 

But no one is perfect, same we can say about Nehru. His achievements outweighed his mistakes. 

 

The unity, the diversity and a democratic India is what he cherished and made sure that people after him will nurture like he did throughout his life.

 

I will end with these lines of him –

 

‘The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous.’

 

My Ratings : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)

 

I hope you like this, Thanks for reading, Jai Hind

 

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Yash Sharma

Namaste reader, My name is Yash, and books for me are like a medicine, which removes my ignorance and also helps me in behaving more like a human.Though I live in the world’s largest democracy, India, but when I look around, I realized that this democratic nation of mine has turned into a kind of feudal oligarchy or kleptocracy, where people from a particular community or I would say particular surname has hijacked this democracy, and the political parties in India has turned itself into a kind of family enterprises where the family members are the only shareholders. And I want to change this, and books are a weapon which is helping me, so that I can help others and my nation.Shukriya for reading this Thought of mine.

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