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Jawaharlal NehruRebel and Statesman$
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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195645866

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195645866.001.0001

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Playing for High Stakes

Playing for High Stakes

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(p.56) 4 Playing for High Stakes
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Jawaharlal Nehru
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B. R. Nanda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195645866.003.0004

Jawaharlal Nehru’s love of adventure resulted in dangerous escapades for Nehru, like when he narrowly escaped death in the summer of 1910 during a holiday cruise to Norway. Six years later, Nehru also cheated death while on a holiday in Kashmir. As a child, Nehru’s letters from Harrow and Cambridge are proof of his precocious but intense interest in politics and a strong bias in favour of the Extremist party in the Indian National Congress headed by Tilak. He greatly admired the Sinn Fein movement in Ireland. His pent-up nationalism got a boost when Mahatma Gandhi forayed into the political scene in February–March 1919. He was somewhat confused by Gandhi’s political idiom, but captivated by his personality. The courage with which Jawaharlal Nehru gave a radical twist to the struggle for Indian independence helped him in 1946–47, when he set out to chart the course of independent India’s foreign policy.

Keywords:   Jawaharlal Nehru, nationalism, Mahatma Gandhi, B.G. Tilak, India, politics, adventure, Indian National Congress, independence, foreign policy

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