Although more famous for his monumental work for India after her independence, Jawaharlal's contribution to the freedom movement is enormous. Born to Motilal Nehru, an early Congressman and once a president of the Indian National Congress, Nehru was destined to lead India. Although initially sceptical of his son's political views, Motilal Nehru too joined the latest Congress efforts in pursuit of Indian independence. Nehru rapidly rose to became Gandhi's trusted lieutenant. His protests, though strictly non-violent, would land him in jail for a total of nine years over the course of his life.
This book provides a compelling and complete biography of one of India's finest statesmen and the country's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru's dedication to his country led to his imprisonment during British rule, a disturbed family life and personal sacrifice. Often described as the architect of modern India, he ruled the country for nearly two decades during which he ceaselessly pursued his vision of a transformed and democratic India. This biography depicts the phases of Nehru's life and shows how it was influenced by new developments in Indian politics. This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of politics and history, and readers interested in Nehru and the Indian freedom movement.