This volume brings together a number of essays on the political and ideological aspects of modern Indian history written by the eminent historian, Prof. Bipan Chandra, over roughly the last decade. The central essay of the collection is a study of Jawaharlal Nehru which aims at an evaluation of his contribution to the making of modern India in an attempt to find out why even the staunchest critics, look back with nostalgia on the ‘Nehru Era’
Bipan Chandra, born and brought up in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, studied at Forman Christian College, Lahore, and Stanford University, USA. He retired as Professor of Modern Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and is now Professor Emeritus there. He has been UGC National Lecturer, President of the Indian History Congress and is at present National Research Professor.