Nehru Is A Book For Today, Not Heavy And Cumbersome, But Sharp And Witty, And Relevant Not Just To India, But To Other Countries As Well This Short, Beautifully Written Biography Examines A Great Figure Of Twentieth Century Nationalism From The Vantage Point Of The Beginning Of The Twenty First Deftly Weaving Personal Facets With Historical Events, It Tells The Fascinating Story Of Jawaharlal Nehru Aristocrat, Socialist, Anti Imperialist, Foremost Disciple Of Gandhi, With Whom He Didn T Always See Eye To Eye, Die Hard Secularist And Prime Minister Who Sought To Educate The Indian Masses In Democracy By His Own Personal Example Shashi Tharoor Also Analyses The Principal Pillars Of Nehru S Legacy To India Democratic Institution Building, Staunch Pan Indian Secularism, Socialist Economics At Home And A Foreign Policy Of Non Alignment, All Of Which Were Integral To A Vision Of Indianness That Is Fundamentally Contested Today
Shashi Tharoor is a member of the Indian Parliament from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala He previously served as the United Nations Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information and as the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs.He is also a prolific author, columnist, journalist and a human rights advocate.He has served on the Board of Overseers of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University He is also an adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva and a Fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities at New York University He has also served as a trustee of the Aspen Institute, and the Advisory of the Indo American Arts Council, the American India Foundation, the World Policy Journal, the Virtue Foundation and the human rights organization Breakthrough He is also a Patron of the Dubai Modern High School and the managing trustee of the Chandran Tharoor Foundation which he founded with his family and friends in the name of his late father, Chandran Tharoor.Tharoor has written numerous books in English Most of his literary creations are centred on Indian themes and they are markedly Indo nostalgic Perhaps his most famous work is The Great Indian Novel, published in 1989, in which he uses the narrative and theme of the famous Indian epic Mahabharata to weave a satirical story of Indian life in a non linear mode with the characters drawn from the Indian Independence Movement His novel Show Business 1992 was made into the film Bollywood 1994 The late Ismail Merchant had announced his wish to make a film of Tharoor s novel Riot shortly before Merchant s death in 2005.Tharoor has been a highly regarded columnist in each of India s three best known English language newspapers, most recently for The Hindu newspaper 2001 2008 and in a weekly column, Shashi on Sunday, in the Times of India January 2007 December 2008 Following his resignation as Minister of State for External Affairs, he began a fortnightly column on foreign policy issues in the Deccan Chronicle Previously he was a columnist for the Gentleman magazine and the Indian Express newspaper, as well as a frequent contributor to Newsweek International and the International Herald Tribune His Op Eds and book reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, amongst other papers.Tharoor began writing at the age of 6 and his first published story appeared in the Bharat Jyoti , the Sunday edition of the Free press Journal , in Mumbai at age 10 His World War II adventure novel Operation Bellows, inspired by the Biggles books, was serialized in the Junior Statesman starting a week before his 11th birthday Each of his books has been a best seller in India The Great Indian Novel is currently in its 28th edition in India and his newest volume The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone has undergone seven hardback re printings there.Tharoor has lectured widely on India, and is often quoted for his observations, including, India is not, as people keep calling it, an underdeveloped country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay He has also coined a memorable comparison of India s thali to the American melting pot If America is a melting pot, then to me India is a thali a selection of sumptuous dishes in different bowls Each tastes different, and does not necessarily mix with the next, but they belong together on the same plate, and they complement each other in making the meal a satisfying repast.
- 226 pages
- Nehru: The Invention of India
- Shashi Tharoor
- 07 July 2019 Shashi Tharoor