An Autobiography

An Autobiography

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Author: Jawaharlal Nehru
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 655
ISBN/UPC (if available): 014303104X


Jawaharlal Nehru's life was closely intertwined with the history and destiny of modern India. His Autobiography, written between 1934 and 1935 when he was in prison, is more than the personal story of an individual - it is also an account of the political awakening of a nation, its struggle for freedom from British rule, and its search to reshape itself as a modern society, rid of the cultural and economic shackles of the past.

Through this narrative, written with extraordinary eloquence and honesty, and illuminated with vibrant descriptions of Mahatma Gandhi and other leaders of the national movement, emerges the portrait of the author himself - a complex and introspective personality with a brilliant and questing mind, a deep love of nature, an engaging zest for life and , above all, a passionate commitment to democracy and secularism.


Through all its details there runs a deep current of humanity which overpasses the tangles of facts and leads us to the person who is greater than his deeds and truer than his surroundings.
-Rabindranath Tagore


Foreword to the 2004 Edition


Preface to the 1962 Edition

Preface to the First Edition

Descent from Kashmir
Harrow and Cambridge
Back Home and War-time Politics in India
My Wedding and an Adventure in the Himalayas
The Coming of Gandhiji: Satyagraha and Amritsar
I am Externed and the Consequences Thereof
Wanderings among the Kisans
Nineteen Twenty-one and the First Imprisonment
Non-Violence and the Doctrine of the sword
Lucknow District Gaol
Out Again
Doubt and Conflict
An Interlude at Nabha
Coconada and M Mohamad Ali
My Father and Gandhiji
Communalism Rampant
Municipal Work
In Europe
Controversies in India
The Oppressed Meet at Brussels
Return to India and Plunge Back into Politics
Experience of Lathi Charges
Trade Union Congress
Thunder in the Air
Independence and after
Civil Disobedience Begins
In Naini Prison
Negotiations at Yeravda
The No-tax Campaign in the United Provinces
Death of My Father
The Delhi Pact
Karachi Congress
A Southern Holiday
Friction during Truce Period
The Round Table Conference
Agrarian Troubles in the United Provinces
The End of the Truce
Arrests, Ordinances, Proscriptions
In Bareilly and Dehra Dun Gaols
Prison Humours
Animals in Prison
What is Religion?
The Dual Policy of the British Government
The End of a Long Term
A Visit to Gandhiji
The Liberal Outlook
Dominion Status and Independence
India Old and New
The Record of British Rule
A Civil Marriage and a Question of Script
Communalism and Reaction
Alipore Gaol
Democracy in East and West
Conversion or Compulsion
Dehra Gaol Again
Eleven Days
Back to Prison
Some Recent Happenings
Five Years Later
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C