The importance of being Nehru

Print edition : December 12, 2014

Jawaharlal Nehru being sworn in as free India's first Prime Minister by Governor-General Lord Mountbatten. Photo: the hindu archives

Prime Minister Nehru with his Cabinet and President Rajendra Prasad, on the eve of his Prasad’s first address to Parliament. (Left to right, front row) B.R. Ambedkar , Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, Sardar Baldev Singh, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Nehru, Rajendra Prasad, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, John Mathai, Jagjivan Ram, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, S.P. Mookerjee . (Standing) Khurshed Lal, R.R. Diwakar, Mohanlal Saxena, Gopalaswami Ayyangar, N.V. Gadgil, K.C. Neogi, Jairamdas Daulatram, K. Santhanam, Satya Narayan Sinha and B.V. Keskar. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

May 28, 1964: The funeral procession of Nehru passes near India Gate on its way to Rajghat. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Jawaharlal Nehru’s was the voice that always stood for the larger principle, which was often at odds with the aims of his own party and government. To what extent was he in control of, or even representative of, the period to which he lent his name?
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