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Reminiscences of the Nehru Age Download Õ 104 Read & Download Reminiscences of the Nehru Age MO Mathai Nehru's Special Assistant and alter ego between 1946 and 1959 was reputed to be the most powerful man after the Prime Minister during the years that he served NehruMathai was the only one to know everything about Nehru most especially the first Prime Minister's private thoughts about Politics Congress leaders Bureaucrats Mone. A few years ago an old friend of mine suggested to read some books on Modern Indian Political history to get some shocking facts about the prominent leaders who played great and unforgettable role in the freedom struggle and afterwards in shaping the modern India As far as I can recall I can remember two books now the first was Reminiscences of the Nehru Age by M O Mathai and The Intellectuals in India by Nirad C Chaudhary was the second A few days ago I got the link to download the PDF format of this book on Goodreads from an online friend The book was banned by the then Indian government and even today it is out of the print I downloaded and enjoyed the book thoroughlyThe AuthorBefore taking you in the contents of the book let me tell you briefly about the author Mathai was Nehru s Special Assistant from 1946 to 1959 Erstwhile he had worked with US Army in the organization named American Red Cross on the Assam Burma border region till the end of 1945 After that he acted as the ad hoc Personal Secretary of Nehru for thirteen years Later he was alleged by some communist leaders for the abuse of power and so he resigned in 1959 Though the allegations couldn t be proved due to the lack of satisfactory evidences but he didn t resume the office again He was in touch with Nehru till his death on 27 May 1964 Mathai died in 1981The BookThe book has 49 chapters and 5 appendixes in which the Chapter 29 titled as She is omitted As it is uoted in the book On an intensely personal experience of the author s written without inhibition in D H Lawrence s style has been withdrawn by the author at the last moment First I thought that it might be based on the psycho analytic treatment of sex or on Oedipus or Electra Complex and then I read it on internet Anyone can read the chapter on different blog sites and websites The chapter describes the love affair of Mathai and Indira Gandhi like a B grade Bollywood movie I can t put the stamp of authenticity on the content of the chapter as I nowhere read any such description about Indira Gandhi I am not an admirer of hers also Sources on the Internet say that it was made available by Menka Gandhi How did she get the access to make it public from Mathai or from the Publishers it is unknown Well the writing style perfectly matches with Mathai s so it won t be easy for anyone to deny that it s not written by himApart from this controversial chapter all the other chapters are also written describing the eminent personalities merits and demerits of various prominent leaders in a blatant manner Mathai hasn t forgiven anyone for hisher mistakes malice ill motives and sycophancy Mahatma Gandhi Sardar Patel Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Rafi Ahmad Kidwai the Mounbattens Sarojni Naidu and her daughters Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur Firoz Gandhi Vijay Laksmi Pandit Govind Vallabh Panth T T Krisnamachari Kamraj Lal Bahadur Shastri MorarJi Desai and other leaders as well He has given five chapters to criticize V K Krishna Menon representing him almost the most pompous schizophrenic satyr and satanic person of the post independence era till 1962 Nehru had to be ashamed of his acts but Menon s chemistry with Nehru was incomprehensible for manyFor reading interesting details go to the link

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Reminiscences of the Nehru Age Download Õ 104 Read & Download Reminiscences of the Nehru Age N's personal habits Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit's extravagance Feroze Gandhi's ambitions and Mountbatten's weakness for titles and honors This work is a major contribution to modern Indian history as it gives and insider's view of how the powerful often tried to manipulate Nehru for purposes that were not always conductive to nation building. When it comes to Nehru Gandhi age there had always been than two sides to the same story with no living proof to vouch for anything making it difficult to assess opinions as biased or unbiased true or false The mere fact that this book is still banned in India kind of is my only conviction that the book does contain facts that otherwise are not supposed to be known to publicHaving said this the main reason for which I wanted to read this book was to get to know the dirts of that age especially on Nehru But if anything the book does is to highlight everything good that were in Nehru Even while criticizing Nehru s stand on Kashmir Pakistan China Mathai did it very mildly so as to not tarnish Nehru in anywayElsewhere in his entire book Mathai had been very critical of everyone in general and to anyone who was openly anti Nehru or had different opinion that Nehru Almost everyone in that category had or less been depicted like a fool To some extent understandable because Mathai of course might have liked or agreed to Nehru on outlook as he had himself approached Nehru to serve him as his assistant that too without paymentThere is almost no criticism to Nehru in this book Any and all short comings to him had been given through the eyes and uotes of foreign dignitaries philosophers and authors never by Mathai himself though I believe he would have got plenty of instances for such Mathai had attributed many things to many people but it is uite strange that he doesn t utter a single word to the credibility of Sardar Patel to uniting India during independenceMathai s claim to Nehru s being non communal had been repeatedly on the same fact that Nehru on than one occasion had helped people stranded and victims during the post partition riots Marvelously all of them of a single community Every mention of communal riots in India post partition had been highlighted as if only one community was the victim completely ignoring actual reasonsMany times Mathai had ridiculed Hindu traditions of monkey and cow worshipping He had ridiculed many astounding figures except Nehru One of the reasons could be because he was not directly involved in Government but none the less was powerful than anybody else in the country Both Mathai as well as Nehru seemed very inclined to European culture and traditions but Mathai seemed to have known of India than Nehru Mathai had been against RSS and Jansangh and about their inclusion to government But never had he criticized communal politics which had been introduced unopposed largely by Nehru GandhiComing to Indira this could have been the only reason for which this book is still banned in India Unlike other words of his on other characters we have now first hand experience to say that all his predictions of India under Indira came to be finally true But about her the topics and details are very shattering Mathai s prediction about Congress also has come true finally Of course he had not lived to see the terrible days Congress faces now and the new leader he talked about India needs Overall this book also is not completely unbiased But this is also one of the many sides to the events unfolding and following Indias independence Plus a few deep dark facts on Nehru Gandhi family s which only Mathai could have known

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Reminiscences of the Nehru Age Download Õ 104 Read & Download Reminiscences of the Nehru Age Y Women Sex Alchohol along with much else that attracted his attention off and onThe author reveals all with much candor and sincerity and says Before I started writing this book I suspended from my mind all personal loyalties of a conventional nature; only my obligation to history remainedMathai writes about Nehru's style Krishna Meno. This book is than Nehru s private life It contains valuable references to and insights into the events folding just after India s independenceFor a long time I searched for a hard copy of this book I learnt in the process that it had been banned by the Govt of India Naturally I was curious My perseverance paid off and for a modest price I was able to download an electronic version of the book It is extremely informative and at the same time EXPLOSIVE to say the least The author Mr M O Mathai as Nehru s Special Assistant was in an exceptional position to first hand see the goings on in the national and international arena He also admits to a 12 year long affairs with Nehru s daughter Indira Gandhi and the fact that Mr Nehru was aware of that liaison Although a kiss and tell chapter titled She in the book was dropped from publication at the last minute there is an unverified text floating on the Internet with credit to Maneka Gandhi Mrs Gandhi s younger daughter in law However there is little of no proof that Mr Mathai penned those words For the rest the author had very little reason if at all to publish a scandalous book risking legal ramifications The book contains many interesting facts and historic anecdotes If the mind boggling information contained therein is true it is unconscionable that the public has been denied access to the facts Suppression of information only makes the public even determined In this electronic age it is much easier to obtain information and disseminate it to the masses with a simple click The action of Govt of India to take such extreme measures to prevent circulation of this book only supports the author s claims The reader sees how some able and competent ideologists did not survive the politics to claim their rightful place in running the country It is an eual shame that early in the emergence of the Republic of India the corrupt and egotist politicians who were ill prepared as administrators took impulsive self serving near sighted and ill advised decisions or without proper counsel which often were for vindictive reasons against their political rivals rather than for the good of the country that in the process they only caused irreparable damage to India s national security as well as financial and political viability not to mention tarnishing her international standing It took nearly six decades for India to do damage control and to claim her rightful place on the world stage Even though the book chronicles one man s views and recollections of events and individuals which may be colored by his perception of the truth andor personal biases it has to be in a great part factual In fact growing up I recall hearing from my parents many incidents or liaisons which supposedly were public knowledge Nonetheless the press remained kind to Nehru for the high esteem in which he was held by the public and the media A smart man like Mr Mathai would neither gamble with his reputation nor would he risk libelslander charges Most significantly he was already a man of means when he joined Pt Nehru in 1946 and did not need regular income to support himself He served Mr Nehru during one of the most momentous periods in the Indian History and long before Mr Nehru was part of the Government In fact Mr Mathai joined his staff on Government payroll only reluctantly His resignation in 1959 was tendered in the aftermath of communist propaganda Mr Mathai did not want to make public any of his personal matters Mr Nehru knew him well trusted him implicitly and was aware of no wrongdoing on Mr Mathai s part He however did include them in his letter to Mr Nehru Appendix III of this book when reuesting termination of his Govt employment Naturally in his 13 year association with Mr Nehru Mr Mathai had a uniue opportunity to see many significant events unfold No one else knew Nehru as well or as closely as he did It is fair to say that Mr Mathai s reminiscences had to do little or nothing with grinding an axe against anyone One exception is the missing Chapter 29 titled She allegedly dealing with his 12 year affair with Indira Gandhi Since the book was published soon after the Emergency imposed by Mrs Gandhi it is likely and understandably so why this chapter which even though is included in the Table of Contents was withdrawn before the book went to the printing press A page with chapter title She is included with the publisher s note that says This chapter on an intensely personal experience of the author s written without inhibition in the DH Lawrence style has been withdrawn by the author at the last minute PUBLISHERS The date is November 1st 1977 This book gives a snap shot of major happenings in the history of India from 1946 through 1959 Mr Mathai s account of major events is very informative His candid verbal sketches of a number of key players Lord Mountabtten Sardar Patel Govind Vallabh Pant Maulana Azad Sarojini Naidu Rajendra Parsad Lal Bahadur Shastri Morarji Desai Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and others are invaluable The reader is invaluably benefited by an understanding of the events and actors of a crucial time in Indian history and the country s emergence as a republic His insights impressions and reminiscences of the noted key figures of the times are interesting for a generation like mine that grew only hearing those names Even when he jumps between various characters one does not lose the thread Whenever pertinent he links an ongoing discussion with an earlier chapter to sort of jog the reader s memory Mr Mathai s writing is crisp His style of narration is a combination of being matter of factly and funny at the same time He minces no words In his recollections he is both poignant and witty Mr Mathai s affection and admiration for Mr Nehru and his loyalty comes through and through Mr Mathai comes across sincere and perhaps that is another factor by that lends credibility to his book It is a must read book for all inuiring minds After downloading I printed a hard copy for the ease of reading and just could not put it down Now begins my feverish search for the other banned Mathai book My Days with Nehru Reminiscences of the Nehru Age by MO MathaiThis book is than Nehru s private life It contains valuable references to and insights into the events folding just after India s independenceFor a long time I searched for a hard copy of this book I learnt in the process that it had been banned by the Govt of India Naturally I was curious My perseverance paid off and for a modest price I was able to download an electronic version of the book It is extremely informative and at the same time EXPLOSIVE to say the least The author Mr M O Mathai as Nehru s Special Assistant was in an exceptional position to first hand see the goings on in the national and international arena He also admits to a 12 year long affairs with Nehru s daughter Indira Gandhi and the fact that Mr Nehru was aware of that liaison Although a kiss and tell chapter titled She in the book was dropped from publication at the last minute there is an unverified text floating on the Internet with credit to Maneka Gandhi Mrs Gandhi s younger daughter in law However there is little of no proof that Mr Mathai penned those words For the rest the author had very little reason if at all to publish a scandalous book risking legal ramifications The book contains many interesting facts and historic anecdotes If the mind boggling information contained therein is true it is unconscionable that the public has been denied access to the facts Suppression of information only makes the public even determined In this electronic age it is much easier to obtain information and disseminate it to the masses with a simple click The action of Govt of India to take such extreme measures to prevent circulation of this book only supports the author s claims The reader sees how some able and competent ideologists did not survive the politics to claim their rightful place in running the country It is an eual shame that early in the emergence of the Republic of India the corrupt and egotist politicians who were ill prepared as administrators took impulsive self serving near sighted and ill advised decisions or without proper counsel which often were for vindictive reasons against their political rivals rather than for the good of the country that in the process they only caused irreparable damage to India s national security as well as financial and political viability not to mention tarnishing her international standing It took nearly six decades for India to do damage control and to claim her rightful place on the world stage Even though the book chronicles one man s views and recollections of events and individuals which may be colored by his perception of the truth andor personal biases it has to be in a great part factual In fact growing up I recall hearing from my parents many incidents or liaisons which supposedly were public knowledge Nonetheless the press remained kind to Nehru for the high esteem in which he was held by the public and the media A smart man like Mr Mathai would neither gamble with his reputation nor would he risk libelslander charges Most significantly he was already a man of means when he joined Pt Nehru in 1946 and did not need regular income to support himself He served Mr Nehru during one of the most momentous periods in the Indian History and long before Mr Nehru was part of the Government In fact Mr Mathai joined his staff on Government payroll only reluctantly His resignation in 1959 was tendered in the aftermath of communist propaganda Mr Mathai did not want to make public any of his personal matters Mr Nehru knew him well trusted him implicitly and was aware of no wrongdoing on Mr Mathai s part He however did include them in his letter to Mr Nehru Appendix III of this book when reuesting termination of his Govt employment Naturally in his 13 year association with Mr Nehru Mr Mathai had a uniue opportunity to see many significant events unfold No one else knew Nehru as well or as closely as he did It is fair to say that Mr Mathai s reminiscences had to do little or nothing with grinding an axe against anyone One exception is the missing Chapter 29 titled She allegedly dealing with his 12 year affair with Indira Gandhi Since the book was published soon after the Emergency imposed by Mrs Gandhi it is likely and understandably so why this chapter which even though is included in the Table of Contents was withdrawn before the book went to the printing press A page with chapter title She is included with the publisher s note that says This chapter on an intensely personal experience of the author s written without inhibition in the DH Lawrence style has been withdrawn by the author at the last minute PUBLISHERS The date is November 1st 1977 This book gives a snap shot of major happenings in the history of India from 1946 through 1959 Mr Mathai s account of major events is very informative His candid verbal sketches of a number of key players Lord Mountabtten Sardar Patel Govind Vallabh Pant Maulana Azad Sarojini Naidu Rajendra Parsad Lal Bahadur Shastri Morarji Desai Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and others are invaluable The reader is invaluably benefited by an understanding of the events and actors of a crucial time in Indian history and the country s emergence as a republic His insights impressions and reminiscences of the noted key figures of the times are interesting for a generation like mine that grew only hearing those names Even when he jumps between various characters one does not lose the thread Whenever pertinent he links an ongoing discussion with an earlier chapter to sort of jog the reader s memory Mr Mathai s writing is crisp His style of narration is a combination of being matter of factly and funny at the same time He minces no words In his recollections he is both poignant and witty Mr Mathai s affection and admiration for Mr Nehru and his loyalty comes through and through Mr Mathai comes across sincere and perhaps that is another factor by that lends credibility to his book It is a must read book for all inuiring minds After downloading I printed a hard copy for the ease of reading and just could not put it down Now begins my feverish search for the other banned Mathai book My Days with Nehru View all my reviews