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Nehru by Shashi Tharoor


Nehru is one the few politicians and leaders I truly admire.

He is the reason the country is secular, in constitution if not in reality. He had a very modern outlook. I am proud of the fact that someone like him who embodied the right values was our first PM.
If it was upto Gandhi or Patel, we would be shackled with religion.

This book by Shashi Tharoor is brilliant, witty and so well written. He is extremely balanced in his view about Nehru and there is no hint of bias towards him or Congress.

It is unfortunate how Nehru's mistakes (and he did make many of them) are highlighted today and the ideals he stood for are conveniently forgotten.

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