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The Nehrus and the Gandhis: An Indian Dynasty Paperback – 18 Mar 2005

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; 2Rev Ed edition (18 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330438395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330438391
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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In USA, Its the Bush family; In Pakistan, the Bhutto's, In DR Congo, the Kabila's, In Mauritius, the Ramgoolam's and finally to the winner; the Nehrus and the Gandhis. The latter should not be confused with Mahatma. These are the progeny of Feroze Gandhi, the Parsi husband of Indira Gandhi. This story is a two tierd account of firstly the Nehrus starting off with Motilal Nehru, Jawarhalal Nehru and fnally Indira Gandhi (Nee Nehru). Then the latter tier focuses on both Rajiv and Sanjay Gandhi. It's interest that to note that this has transcended unto the next generation albeit on opposing sides meaning that Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi all represent the Congress I whereas first cousin Varun is BJP.

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.
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This excellent book by historian Tariq Ali is brimming with invaluable information that allows us to decipher many current events in India and Pakistan. A true insider, too, as he is native of Lahore, which he explains: was part of India but now lies within the borders of Pakistan. This saga covers about 100 years of history, and his research is thorough. Several Nehru-Gandhi family members are still making headlines, too.
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Tariq Ali has written an interesting, very readable book about of the Nehru/Gandhi dynasty.
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.
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