By Bal Ram Nanda
The Nehrus is being revived as a vintage Reissue. This booklet has demonstrated itself as a typical biography of Motilal and Jawaharlal Nehru. It offers a gripping survey of seventy momentous years of Indian historical past among 1861 and 1931. This variation incorporates a brand new Preface the place the writer talks approximately how and why he launched into scripting this publication. Father and son performed very varied components within the nationwide fight; yet so intertwined have been their lives that they inspired one another, now not least once they differed. Love of ones kids is a usual and customary sufficient emotion, yet relating to Motilal, it had an extraordinary caliber, which Gandhi, a deeply non secular guy, defined as divine. It incorporates a piece studying Jawaharlal Nehru's function within the nationwide circulate after 1931, his dating with Gandhi, and his contribution as India's first major Minister until eventually his loss of life in 1964.
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True, Motilal's wide circle of friends included Muslims, his hospitality made no distinction of race or creed, he employed Muslim munshis (derks) and servants; he was well-versed in Persian Urdu and fond of 'Muslim culup Nehrus had been literature poetry. All this did not, however, add ture'. During the two hundred years the to Delhi and Agra, they had imbibed that peculiar Indosynthesis in dress and etiquette, art and literature, social customs and even superstitions, which was the product of three settled at Muslim Mughal rule and was most pronounced in northern have already seen how, on the eve of the Mutiny, Hindus and Muslims lived in harmony in Delhi.
She was named Sarup Kumari; her pet-name The ancient name of Allahabad. THE NEHRUS 42 was shortened to 'Nan* by a European was There rejoicing in 1905 when a son was great governess* born on November 14th - by a curious coincidence, the birthday Nanni ('the little one') But the of JawaharlaL rejoicing was short-lived; the infant died month old. Two years later, in 1907, a 2nd* She was named Krishna; on November born was daughter when he was hardly a her nickname Betty was the choice of her European governess, but it sounded like 'Beti' (Hindustani for 'daughter'), and was readily accepted by the family* 'I hardly remember a time/ Krishna recorded many years later, 'when mother was hale and hearty, able to eat, drink and lead a normal life like the rest of us* I did for she to know what it was not had to to have a mother's constant be taken care of herself time Swarup Rani became seriously for long periods* Her sister Rajvati, all ill the time/* care, From time and was a semi-invalid at an who had been widowed early age, came over to Allahabad and thenceforth spent the best part of each year nursing Swarup Rani and keeping house for her* was punctuated by a strict routine of worship, and other austerities; her influence, coupled with that of fasting the pious Nandrani, the widow of Nand Lai, constituted a strong Rajvati's life Anand Bhawan which Motilal made no effort was indeed a good-humoured co-existence in Anand Bhawan between the deep religiosity of the women and the light-hearted agnosticism of the men.
In a letter dated apologetic, December 22, 1899, addressed to his friend Pandit Prithinath fication ceremony'. of Cawnpore, he explained his stand : mind is fully made up. I will not (come what may) in- dulge in the tomfoolery of Proschit [purification ceremony] . No, not even if I die for it. I have been provoked and have been dragged from my enemies seclusion into public notice. But nut to crack. I know what your biradari will find me a hard (caste) is and if my necessary, in self-defence, I will ruthlessly and mercilessly lay bare the tattered fabric of its existence and tear it into the minutest possible shreds.