An Interesting Saga of a Nation from being 'The Aryadesha' to 'Colonial India'
The Discovery Of India
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
The Discovery Of India is the biography of India penned by the Nation's first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru. Written over 5 months when Nehru was imprisoned in the Ahmadnagar Fort, The Discovery of India turned out to be the magnum opus since it was first published in 1946. And it can rightly be put in the category of 'Classics' 'cause even after more than 69 years, the books seems an elegant work of yesterday.
Started with a brief account of the situation of the colonial India in those day, Nehru seems to have answer the question:" Why & How India becomes what India is today ( During 1946s) ?". For Nehru's book also contained the vision at once too complex and subtle, as well too riven with self-questioning , to lend itself to an ideology of state. What it did offer is an intellectual compass for modern India-an indicator of the direction of a new diverse, disparity-ridden nation would have to take in order to cohere. The eloquent style of using pen makes this book one of the must read with a quality of edifying any one about the true story of India. From the Indus Valley civilization to The Vedas and from The Vikramaditya to the great Ashoka and theen the cholas n the centre to the Mughals and finally the atrocities of British, Nehru had embedded the brief information about all the parameters either humans or objects that shaped the Nation.
In reading The Discovery Of India, it is interesting to observe how Nehru seeks to contain within himself what Gandhi & Tagore individually represented- an to make himself an heir to two fathers.Nehru illuminated what he saw as India's historical capacity to maintain its identity as a confluence of different world civilizations, out of which had emerged a unique array of cultures, religions and ways of living.Not just the greatness of the nation, Nehru had also bolted scathing remarks for the British rulers for plundering from India & using it in west. The book is also a political riposte to British instincts.
Novel even after all long years, The Discovery of India is a remarkable assertion of an individual imagination trying to give his country a unifying sense of itself.I believe, The Discovery Of India is a must read for any individual , especially for Indian its a biography of India.
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