Book Review: The Jewel of India: Jyothirllata Girija

The Jewel of India by Jyothirllata Girija is a biography of Jawaharlal Nehru told in rhyming couplets and certainly useful to all those who seek to know the true nature of this tragic figure beyond the legends that have already have muddied his persona.

Jawaharlal Nehru was born on November 14, 1889 at Allahabad, in Uttar Pradesh, from a Kashmiri family lineage and belonging to the Saraswat Brahmin caste, a prominent family and strongly westernized. But once in he became part of the Congress Party, the young Jawaharlal did not follow the ideas of his moderate and liberal father and came instantly to the active, though peaceful, civil disobedience actions.

From 1926 to 1928, Nehru occupied the post of Secretary General of All India Congress Committee, the meeting of party delegates from the various Indian states, taking a further step towards the leadership of the party. On August 15, 1947 when India finally became an independent state, Jawaharlal Nehru, at the age of 58, became the first Prime Minister of the Republic of India till his death on 27 May 1964.

Nehru was one of the founders of the Association of Non-Aligned Countries, but essentially his foreign policy judged in retrospect was overly neutral and hesitant. The aggression suffered due to China in 1962 led him later to turn also to the Western countries and to withdraw from its neutralist positions. Nehru tried to mitigate through the pursuit of socialist economy.

The book is a voice that is well organized and narrated with fluidity and is a diary of a person who led a country of three fifty million inhabitants. The book have not fallen into the trap and managed to put out the lights and shadows of a charismatic politician, persevering, pragmatic and atypical, especially compared to the representatives and the political classes used to formalism and expressions devoid of content and of courage.

The author reconstructed the youth of the president, with his political fervour and commitment to the struggles and his love for the land, in a compelling biography that manages to keep alive the interest and curiosity of the reader. The narration is very quick and addictive and certainly one way of making history far from the list of dates that often frightens those who approach for the first time to the matter.

A beautiful and well-written essay on the life of one of the most famous people in India, reading this book is a portrait of a out of the ordinary man, with all his strengths and weaknesses, far away from the whimsical and silly man that history has bequeathed to us.

Format: Paperback ♥ Publisher: Cyberwit ♥ Pages: 241 ♥ Published: August 2015 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-8182536111