The Nehrus and the Gandhis: An Indian Dynasty Paperback – 18 Mar 2005
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Tariq Ali was born in Lahore (then India and now Pakistan). Famous in the sixties and seventies as a political activist, he is also well-known and well-respected as a social commentator, biographer and historian, and has worked variously as a writer, editor, film-maker, playwright and producer. He is the author of over a dozen books, both fiction and non-fiction, and the long-standing editor of the New Left Review. He lives in London.
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The Book also charts the creation of Bhindranwale who was supposed to counteract the Akali Dal. This very action was instrumental in the storming of The Golden Temple by the Indian army and the subsequent assassination of Indira Gandhi. Very informative reading.
The dynasty starts with Mortilal Nehru a distinguished, English-influenced advocate. His son Pandit Nehru joins the Indian Congresparty in its fight for independence. Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi lead India to independence and Nehru becomes India's first premier. After his death, his daughter Indira Gandhi becomes minister and a few years later the new premier. During her government a war is fought with Pakistan and there is a lot of internal turmoil.
The eldest son of Indira, Rajiv Gandhi, succeeds her after her murder in 1984.
The book covers the personal issues of the subjects as well as their political views and policies. An interesting part is about the support from Indira Gandhi for the Sikh extremists who in the end turn against her.
The author sympathises with Pandit Nehru and less so with Indira but he remains objective. He does not hesitate to point at their failures and achievements.
A very good book.