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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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Nehru and Bose

Nehru and Bose

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Jawaharlal Nehru

B. R. Nanda

Oxford University Press

Next to Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhas Bose were the most charismatic figures among India’s nationalist leaders in the inter-war years. They seemed to have many similarities. Both came from westernized homes and were educated at the University of Cambridge in England. Both displayed fervent nationalism while still in their teens. Nehru’s letters from Harrow and Cambridge indicate a profound nationalist streak, as well as deep sympathy with the Tilak school of extremist politics. Bose’s passionate patriotism had led to a conflict with his British professors and his rustication from Calcutta’s Presidency College for two years. Both Nehru and Bose entered politics at a high level, with young Nehru at once becoming a favourite disciple of the Mahatma and Bose becoming the political heir apparent of C.R. Das, considered the uncrowned king of Bengal.

Keywords:   Jawaharlal Nehru, nationalism, Mahatma Gandhi, India, politics, Subhas Bose, Indian National Congress, C.R. Das, patriotism

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