Book Launch Nehru: The Debates that Defined India (Tripurdaman Singh and Adeel Hussain)

Book Launch  Nehru: The Debates that Defined India (Tripurdaman Singh and Adeel Hussain)
25 November 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
The Macmillan Hall, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies and William Collins invite you to join us for the release of Nehru: The Debates that Defined India

From his election as Congress president in 1929 till his death in 1964, Jawaharlal Nehru remained a towering figure in Indian politics, a man who left an indelible stamp on the history of South Asia. Nehru’s ideas shaped the political contours of modern India, and six decades after his death, continue to constitute centre ground in India’s polarised politics.

Described as an ‘important contribution to the continuing evaluation of Nehru’s role in crafting modern India’ by Shashi Tharoor and praised ‘as a work of public service’ by Swapan Dasgupta, in this pathbreaking book, Tripurdaman Singh and Adeel Hussain delve into Nehru’s encounters with his contemporaries, colleagues and opponents that are critical to understanding the man, his ideas, and his impress on the present. 

As Nehru’s ideas and legacy face an unprecedented challenge in India, Singh and Hussain excavate the debates that lie at the root of the political fault-lines in South Asia to illuminate the formation and eventual triumph of Nehruvianism and bring to the fore the intellectually combative Nehru lost in the hub-hub of contemporary discourse.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception to which all are invited.

  • Tripurdaman Singh is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
  • Adeel Hussain is an Assistant Professor of Political Theory at Universiteit Leiden.
  • James Manor is Emeritus Professor of Commonwealth Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
  • Lord Meghnad Desai is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and a Labour peer.

This session will be chaired by Professor Philip Murphy (Director of ICwS and History & Policy)

All welcome

This event is free to attend, but booking is required as spaces are limited.

This session will be taking place in-person at Senate House. We ask that anyone attending adheres to Senate House guidelines:

  • We are continuing to expect that all those using our buildings wear face coverings while moving around the building and in shared spaces (unless you are exempt)  
  • Please do not attend the session if you have any covid-19 symptoms.


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