Nobody has done more harm to me than Jawaharlal Nehru,' wrote Subhas Chandra Bose in 1939.
Had relations between the two great nationalist leaders soured to the extent that Bose had begun to view Nehru as his enemy? But then, why did he name one of the regiments of the Indian National Army after Jawaharlal? And what prompted Nehru to weep when he heard of Bose's untimely death in 1945, and to recount soon after, 'I used to treat him as my younger brother'?
Rudrangshu Mukherjee's fascinating book tracks the growth of these two towering figures against the backdrop of the independence movement, delicately tracing the contours of a friendship that did not quite blossom as political ideologies diverged, and delineates the shadow that fell between them-for, Gandhi saw Nehru as his chosen heir and Bose as a prodigal son.
Nehru and Bose: Parallel Lives brings to light the riveting story of two contrasting personalities who would go on to define modern India.
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A Bold Insight
This book is a bold comparison of two leaders of the country who were clinical in the country's freedom movement. The writer treads carefully on a thin line, praising as well as criticizing each step taken by the leaders. Also it is a new way to go to history by direct comparison of the steps taken by each leader during the fight for independence. You can come to know how each leader thought by the direct comparison shown in the book. Also the relation each leader had with Gandhi has been apt...
'Nehru and Bose: Parallel Lives' is not exactly a retelling of the lives of two personalities that the nation has revered for so long. It can neither be classified as a biography nor as a critical political assesment. Yet it is all those and so much more. Rudrangshu Mukherjee has clearly achieved a literary high.
The book talks, in parallel, about the lives and political careers of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in beautiful mergers and contrasts. These men co-existed...