The Discovery of India

Author : Jawaharlal Nehru
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Written over five months when Nehru was imprisoned, this book has become a classic. Beautiful, barely used copy.. says :-
We all know that Jawaharlal Nehru was the first prime minister of independent India. He had his education in the Trinity College, the members of which have won approximately 34 Nobel prizes. He was trained as a Barrister there, came to India and joined the Allahabad High Court. Due to his active interest in politics he joined the Congress party and took part in the freedom struggle under the principles of non-violence, which was started by Mahatma Gandhi. ‘The Discovery of India’ was written by Jawaharlal Nehru, who is also referred to as Pandit Nehru due to his closeness with the Kashmiri Pandit community. He wrote ‘The Discovery of India’ as a prisoner, while he was held in the Ahmednagar fort by the British Raj from 1942-1946. The discovery of India book is a homage by Nehru to India in which he has described and paid respect to the ancient history of India, its culture, its people, the philosophy produced by this great country and how all Indian empires were more advanced than the Greek and the Roman empires. The discovery of India is a long book with 700 pages in total and even goes back to the ancient Indian civilizations like Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. It also lets you know what mistakes India made in the recent few centuries which brought it under foreign rule and how those can be avoided in the future and the India can reach to the pinnacle. Shyam Benegal created a TV Series ‘Bharat – ek khoj’ which was based on the discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru. Regardless of your political views, as a reader, as an Indian nationalist, I recommend this book ‘a must read’ for those who are always curious to know the roots of India, its growth, the gargantuan warehouse of knowledge. This book will immensely help the IAS aspirants as well as those preparing for UPSC.

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