An Indian Dynasty: The Story of the Nehru-Gandhi Family

An Indian Dynasty: The Story of the Nehru-Gandhi Family

Tariq Ali Salman Rushdie / Aug 21, 2019

An Indian Dynasty The Story of the Nehru Gandhi Family The Nehrus are a dynasty without precedent in the modern world nowhere else and at no other time in recent history has a single family wielded such enduring and pervasive power over the country and th

  • Title: An Indian Dynasty: The Story of the Nehru-Gandhi Family
  • Author: Tariq Ali Salman Rushdie
  • ISBN: 9780399130748
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Nehrus are a dynasty without precedent in the modern world nowhere else and at no other time in recent history has a single family wielded such enduring and pervasive power over the country and the electorate they serve From Jawaharlal Nehru to his daughter, Indira Gandhi, and from there, via Sanjay and Rajiv to most recently Sonia, this remarkable family ha The Nehrus are a dynasty without precedent in the modern world nowhere else and at no other time in recent history has a single family wielded such enduring and pervasive power over the country and the electorate they serve From Jawaharlal Nehru to his daughter, Indira Gandhi, and from there, via Sanjay and Rajiv to most recently Sonia, this remarkable family have consistently established both the parameters and rhetoric of India s political development In the eighties, Tariq Ali made several trips to India, meeting a wide range of political and public figures, including Mrs Gandhi, and leaders of both the Congress and Opposition parties The Nehrus and the Gandhis, first published in 1985, was the result Now updated to include the most recent chapters in India s political history, it remains as relevant as ever, offering an intricate and revealing portrait of power, seen through the continued rise and eyes of one family.

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      • Tariq Ali Salman Rushdie

        Tariq Ali Punjabi, Urdu born 21 October 1943 is a British Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.He is the author of several books, including Can Pakistan Survive The Death of a State 1991 , Pirates Of The Caribbean Axis Of Hope 2006 , Conversations with Edward Said 2005 , Bush in Babylon 2003 , and Clash of Fundamentalisms Crusades, Jihads and Modernity 2002 , A Banker for All Seasons 2007 and the recently published The Duel 2008.


    328 Comments

    1. Incredibly informative. Tariq does a great job of bringing together the complex underpinnings of Indian history since independence. Personally, I studied Indian history (CBSE) but my education did not cover post independence history so events surrounding the Babri Masjid and the Operation Blue Star were unfamiliar to me. The book sheds light on the challenges of running a country with so much diversity and, looking to our new crop of leaders, what characteristics might make for a successful lead [...]


    2. This was my first book on the Nehru-Gandhi Order. This was partly cause of my reluctant attitude towards history but more so cause of my (un-)interest in Indian politics. But ever since I've read it, my interest has grown my leaps and bounds. The book has been very well compiled portraying both personal and political lives of Nehru and Indira Gandhi in the right way. Never did I feel that he had talked a little too much or too less of either of them. The daughter-father relation was written abou [...]


    3. Fascinating look at the Nehru/Gandhi dynasty (with the Mahatma thrown in, in the middle). Tariq Ali writes clearly and pointedly and as he was able to interview many of the protagonists in person, his reporting is quite authoritative. Although there is a fair amount of detailed political analysis, much of the book can be read as history, from the time of the Raj to the mid 80s when Rajiv Gandhi was still in charge. The various international relationships depicted in this work are also of conside [...]


    4. So much has been said about the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty all through our years of study in various sources. Text books, reference books, news extracts etc. But this book by Tariq Ali is one of its kind which gives a clear account of the dynasty and how things started and gradually picked up speed. We come to realise that may be it was the circumstantial situation that might have forced the concept of dynasty and nepotism down our throats. Absence of choices, lack of trustworthy people etc are valid [...]


    5. A stunning book on the history of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty of India. Incredibly full of depth and extensive in its amount of subjects (ranging from social issues to secularism, economy, international alliances etc.) It shows the complex nature of Indian politics and demographics as well as how Indian politics under the Nehru-Gandhi family became increasingly abusive of human rights and democracy (especially under Indira Gandhi's reign).


    6. An unexpectedly rivetting book giving a much better account of post-independence India than I have been able to gather from most other sources. He tries to separate the "legend" behind Nehru and Indira from the people they were. Good supplementary reading to India after Gandhi by Guha, which sorta seemed to completely neglect these people's personal lives.


    7. A very well-written book that covers detailed aspects of the Nehru clan and makes you ponder if the Indian democracy is everything but a democracy.


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