He Who Came First

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WHO IS BHARAT MATA?

On His­tory, Cul­ture and the Idea of In­dia: Writ­ings by and on Jawa­har­lal Nehru

edited by Pur­shot­tam Agrawal

SPEAK­ING TIGER

`599; 536 pages

This book uses Nehru’s own writ­ings to an­swer the ques­tion its ti­tle asks.

NEHRU

The In­ven­tion of In­dia

by Shashi Tha­roor

PEN­GUIN

`499; 284 pages

This short biog­ra­phy helps bring to­gether the many iden­ti­ties of Nehru— an aris­to­crat, a so­cial­ist, an an­ti­im­pe­ri­al­ist, a dis­ci­ple of Gandhi and In­dia’s first prime min­is­ter.

LET­TERS FOR A NA­TION

From Jawa­har­lal Nehru to his chief min­is­ters (1947-1963)

edited by Mad­hav Khosla

PEN­GUIN

`399; 352 pages

As prime min­is­ter, Nehru would reg­u­larly write let­ters to the heads of In­dia’s provin­cial gov­ern­ments. This se­lec­tion puts on clear dis­play his vi­sion for In­dia.

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