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Nehru's India: Select Speeches

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Item Code: IDI676
Author: Mushirul Hasan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 0195687876
Pages: 278
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.3"X 6.3
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Is Nehru's vision of India relevant today? What are the key building blocks of our nation? Have the institutions and infrastructure set up as part of that vision stood the test of time?.

The speeches selected and introduced by Mushirul Hasan in this important collection help to answer these questions in Nehru's own words. We see through them the development of Nehru's vision for free India and the actual process of
Transforming the blueprint into reality. His ideas for India's internal development were inextricably linked to its role and position in the world. So we are also privy to the panning out of India's foreign relations (especially those with Pakistan) and its emergence as a respected voice in the international arena-much like its position in today's world.

The challenges facing newly independent India-both social and economic-reflected in Nehru's speeches, also echo many current debates on the space for minorities, communal harmony or issues of poverty, entrenched interest, inflation, and productivity.

These speeches from Nehru's Prime Ministerial year' are an early articulation of government policies and position vis-à-vis infrastructural development, the roles of government and business, the differing requirements of communities and language, and the inseparability of science and ethics. They often also reflect the opposition and struggle Nehru faced in the implementation of these policies.

While most selections in the collection focus on the building of Nehru's India, a few have been included to reflect the person behind the politician and administrator. These profiles and reflections showcase an intellectual and philosopher with a remarkable range of interests and erudition who was also a warm colleague and comrade.

Intellectually stimulating, engagingly written and amazingly relevant in today's India, these speeches, along with the delightful introduction that cleverly knits them together, will interest every Indian and all those engaging with India.

Mushirul Hasan is Vice Chancellor and Professor of Modern Indian History, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Contents
Introduction1
Mushirul Hasan
SOVEREIGNTY AND THE MAKING
OF THE INDIAN REPUBLIC
Independence Resolution21
Framing of the Constitution43
The National Flag52
India becomes a Republic59
FREE INDIA IN THE WORLD ORDER
India and the Commonwealth67
International Affairs 90
In the cause of Peace110
THE SECULAR STATE
Travails of Partition119
Doing away with Minority Reservations123
Universities Stand for Tolerance129
Tolerance and Communal Harmony 137
Society and Communalism143
THE NATION'S VISION
The New Tasks before the Nation149
A National Vision151
Building the Nation162
States Reorganization181
Language Issue196
Letter to K. M. Munshi207
Science and Ethics209
REFLECTIONS AND PROFILES
History and Culture in Nation-building225
Nehru on his Contemporaries267
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