The story of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, is the story of early modern India. There is scarcely any public institution or aspect of the republic that Nehru did not shape or influence. He was an accomplished politician, writer and orator whose contemplative and scholarly books on a variety of subjects are widely read. He wrote and spoke in impeccable English, a language that came naturally to him, on account of his education at Harrow, Cambridge and the Inner Temple. His sentences were finely-made and always memorable.
Nehru was perceived as a complex person, embodying the clash of Eastern and Western cultures which, many felt, impeded India’s attempts to leap ahead and catch up with more advanced nations. However, several supporters believe that this approach helped promote indigenous talent and helped India in the long term in becoming self-reliant.
Moin Qazi holds PhDs in Development Economics and English. He worked for three decades at State Bank of India in various developmental roles. He served as Chancellor’s nominee in Nagpur University and as a Member of the National Committee on Financial Inclusion at NITI Aayog. He is the recipient of the UNESCO World Politics Essay Gold Medal, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Gold Medal from Dalit Sahitya Academy and Rotary International’s Vocational Excellence Award.