Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Born: November 14, 1889
  • Died: May 27, 1964
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Profession: Leader

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Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru was a freedom fighter, the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics before and after independence. He emerged as an eminent leader of the Indian independence movement under the tutelage of Mahatma Gandhi and served India as Prime Minister from its establishment as an independent nation in 1947 until his death in 1964. He is considered to be the architect of the modern Indian nation-state: a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic republic. He was also known as Pandit Nehru due to his roots with the Kashmiri Pandit community while Indian children knew him as Chacha Nehru (Hindi, lit., "Uncle Nehru").

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... madness entered my veins. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
… tryst with destiny. Freedom & Liberty
Compulsion destroys cooperation. Human Nature
History is almost always written by the victors and conquerors and gives their view. Or, at any rate, the victors' version is given prominence and holds the field. History
I always wish to confront problems with the heart of the Mahatma and the hand of Lincoln. Miscellaneous
I have come here, therefore, on a voyage of discovery of the mind and heart of America and to place before you our own heart. Thus we may promote that understanding and cooperation which, I feel sure, both our countries earnestly desire. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It is a monstrous imposition to be asked to put up with these treaties of a century and a quarter ago, in the making of which the people had no voice or say… Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Jail has indeed become a heaven for us. To serve India in the battle for freedom is honor enough .... But to suffer for the dear country! What greater good fortune could befall an Indian. Riots ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Keep him [Muhammad Ali Jinnah] far away and prevent his muddled and arrogant head from interfering continually in India's progress. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Long ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of the nation, long surprised, finds utterance. States. Nations & Nationhood
Such assets as I possessed even ten years ago have largely vanished during this period. Since I became Prime Minister, I have been unable to add to my income by any fresh writing and I have had to draw repeatedly on what capital I possessed because my salary as a Prime Minister was not adequate for my needs, limited as they were. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The bitter enmity now raised by the [Muslim] League and its leaders will have to be paid for 100 percent. Terrorism
The crises that has overtaken Europe not of Europe only but of humanity and will not pass like other crises and wars, leaving the essential structure of the present day world intact. War & Peace
The impact of the invaders from the north-west and of Islam on India had been considerable. It had pointed out and shone up the abuses that had crept into Hindu society - the petrification of caste, untouchability, exclusiveness carried to fantastic lengths. Religion & God
The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all. Policy & Policy Making
The real picture that I now find is quite as bad, and something even worse than anything ... suggested .... There has been a definite attempt on the part of Hindu mobs to exterminate the Muslims. They have killed, indiscriminately, men, women and children en masse. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We have recently seen what happens to international treaties and the most sacred of covenants when they do not suit the purpose of Imperialism. We have seen these treaties torn up, friends and allies basely deserted and betrayed and the pledged word broken by England and France. Democracy and freedom were the sufferers and so it did not matter. But when reaction and autocracy and imperialism stand to lose, it does matter and treaties, however moth-eaten and harmful to the people they might be, have to be preserved. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.
A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new; when an age ends; and when the soul of a nation long suppressed finds utterance. History
A theory must be tempered with reality.
Action itself, so long as I am convinced that it is right action, gives me satisfaction.
Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.
Citizenship consists in the service of the country.
Crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.
Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.
Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself.
Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.
Every little thing counts in a crisis.
Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.
Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles. Failure
Great causes and little men go ill together.
I have become a queer mixture of the East and the West, out of place everywhere, at home nowhere.
Ignorance is always afraid of change.
It is only too easy to make suggestions and later try to escape the consequences of what we say.
It is the habit of every aggressor nation to claim that it is acting on the defensive.
Let us be a little humble; let us think that the truth may not perhaps be entirely with us. Truth
Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will. Life
Loyal and efficient work in a great cause, even though it may not be immediately recognized, ultimately bears fruit. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Obviously, the highest type of efficiency is that which can utilize existing material to the best advantage.
Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than to doing them.
Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people. War & Peace
Socialism is... not only a way of life, but a certain scientific approach to social and economic problems. Life
The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Society
The man who has gotten everything he wants is all in favor of peace and order. War & Peace
The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.
The person who runs away exposes himself to that very danger more than a person who sits quietly.
The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous.
The purely agitational attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.
There is perhaps nothing so bad and so dangerous in life as fear. Life
Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves. Time
To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition.
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
What we really are matters more than what other people think of us.
Without peace, all other dreams vanish and are reduced to ashes. War & Peace
You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall. History

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