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When Stone Walls CryThe Nehrus in Prison$
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Mushirul Hasan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199466894

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466894.001.0001

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Prison and Family

Prison and Family

(p.110) 7 Prison and Family
When Stone Walls Cry

Mushirul Hasan

Oxford University Press

This chapter is devoted to Jawaharlal Nehru’s relationship with the men and women who mattered most to him. Jawaharlal Nehru received from his kith and kin what he valued most—ethics and patriotic stimulus. Often, he would use them to hang his own reflections and maxims. Aside from his relations with his family, the chapter explores the struggles of the Nehru women during this period of political turmoil. Women’s emancipation was, in its principal outlines, part of the Independence struggle. Gandhi saw them ‘not as objects of reform and humanitarianism, but as self-conscious arbiters of their own destiny’, and showed to a growing generation a picture of a new life through action-oriented policies.

Keywords:   Relationship, family, Nehru women, women’s emancipation, political turmoil, Independence struggle

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