Letters for a Nation: From Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers 1947-1963

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Penguin UK, Oct 25, 2015 - Literary Collections - 352 pages
In October 1947, two months after he became independent India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru wrote the first of his fortnightly letters to the heads of the country’s provincial governments—a tradition he kept until a few months before his death. This carefully selected collection covers a range of themes and subjects, including citizenship, war and peace, law and order, governance and corruption, and India’s place in the world. The letters also cover momentous world events and the many crises the country faced during the first sixteen years after Independence. Visionary, wise and reflective, these letters are of great contemporary relevance for the guidance they provide for our current problems and predicaments.

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The Institutions of Democracy
National Planning and Development
War and Peace
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Madhav Khosla, a graduate of Yale Law School and the National Law School, Bangalore, is currently a PhD scholar at Harvard University, where he studies modern Indian political thought. He is the author of The Indian Constitution (2012) and the co-author of Unstable Constitutionalism: Law and Politics in South Asia (with Mark Tushnet, 2015). He is currently co-editing The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution.

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