Jawaharlal Nehru being an architect of Indian polity, economy and foreign policy set the ball rolling. However, they have witnessed cataclysmic changes over a period of time. Indian polity has witnessed different waves of reorganisation of states, evolving democracy, spelling out of quasi-federal system and building a more inclusive political nation. Nehru set the agenda of economic development and framed the strategy of development accordingly. In this volume an attempt has made to have a fair understanding about Nehru by placing him in the context in which he worked and by taking into account the challenges that Post-Colonial India was facing during his time. However, the problems faced by the neo-liberal economy, and the challenges confronting Indian polity and foreign policy have again invoked the relevance of Nehruvian philosophy in contemporary India. The contributors to this volume have analysed the diverse aspects of Nehru’s thinking and the policies that flowed from it to understand their relevance in contemporary Indian, Asian and global context.
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Table of Contents
1. Locating Nehru in Contemporary India 2. Jawaharlal Nehru’s Conception of History 3. Nehru’s Idea of Federalism and Nation-Building in India 4. Kashmir and Nehru: Contours of a Troubled Legacy 5. Communalism, Nehru and National Unity 6. Nehru’s Paradigm of Panchayati Raj and Its Contemporary Relevance 7. Jawaharlal Nehru, Neo-Liberalism and Social Democracy: Mapping the Shifting Trajectories of Developmental State in India 8. Nation-Building, Natural Resources and Regional Development in India: Revisiting the Nehruvian Vision 9. Foreign Policy in India’s Development Since Nehru Era 10. Asian Security Structure and Challenges for India: Efficacy of the Nehruvian Approach 11. Nehru and India’s China Policy 12. Nuclear Technology and Nehru’s Outlook 13 India’s Policy Towards Nepal and Bhutan: Nehru to Present
Baljit Singh, Director, Nehru Studies Centre, University of Jammu