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When Stone Walls Cry Mushirul Hasan (Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia (2004-2009))

When Stone Walls Cry By Mushirul Hasan (Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia (2004-2009))

When Stone Walls Cry by Mushirul Hasan (Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia (2004-2009))

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This work focuses on a neglected aspect in Nehruvian studies and discusses the experiences of the Nehru family in prison during the national movement. The author charts out the significance of the prison experience in understanding the thoughts and ideas of one of the most prominent families which provided leadership during the Indian freedom struggle.

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When Stone Walls Cry: The Nehrus in Prison by Mushirul Hasan (Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia (2004-2009))

Millions in India have long been obsessed with the vicissitudes of the Nehru-Gandhi family's fate. Inextricably linked to the ups and downs of their lives was the future of the nation itself. It was Jawaharlal Nehru's leadership that guided India onto the world stage as a modern nation. Despite the varied scholarship of Nehruvian studies, one important aspect-the experiences of the Nehrus in prison during the national movement-has received only scant consideration. This book addresses that omission by highlighting the significance of prison time in shaping the lives of the members of this illustrious family. For Motilal and Jawaharlal Nehru, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, and Krishna Hutheesing, among others, serving prison time was much more than just a marker of participation in the Independence movement. The grim walls of jail provided the place and time to the Nehrus to reflect on and give direction to the nationalist struggle. Such important literary works as Glimpses of World History and Discovery of India, which remain timeless in their appeal, were crafted in gaol. In tracing the intellectual biography of the Nehru-Gandhi family, this book documents the ethos of an entire era during the colonial period.

About Mushirul Hasan (Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia (2004-2009))

Mushirul Hasan is former Professor of History and Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (20049). He has also served as the Director General of the National Archives of India (201013) and was conferred the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship (201315) by the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, New Delhi. He was elected President of the Indian History Congress (Modern India) in 2002 and its General President in 2014. He was the recipient of the Padma Shri in 2007.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix; 1: Introduction 1; 2: Dynasty, Biography, and History 23; 3: 'Who Rides a Tiger Cannot Dismount' 49; 4: Destiny as It Was: The Story of an Enlightened Family 67; 5: 'And Never the Twain Shall Meet' 85; 6: 'Being Guarded Like a Jewel in a Casket' 95; 7: Prison and Family 110; 8: Friends in Chains 135; 9: Writing History in a Cell 150; Appendix 190; Index 193; About the Author 200

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When Stone Walls Cry: The Nehrus in Prison by Mushirul Hasan (Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia (2004-2009))
OUP India
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