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Letters to Chief Ministers

B. R. Nanda

in Jawaharlal Nehru

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195645866
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081363 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195645866.003.0010
Letters to Chief Ministers

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In October 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru started writing a fortnightly letter to the Chief Ministers, or Prime Ministers, of the provinces in India, urging them to keep in close touch with one another in order to overcome the serious challenges facing them. During the first two years of its independence, India had to endure numerous problems, from hatred and violence to the invasion of Kashmir; the war with Pakistan; and the political terrorism in Bengal and Hyderabad. However, it is significant that even in those dark days, Nehru was not overwhelmed by the immediate issues. Nehru used the Letters to Chief Ministers to inform, educate, exhort, and warn the heads of provincial governments. The second volume of Nehru’s Letters to Chief Ministers covers the period from January 1950 to May 1952, during which the Indian Republic was inaugurated and the first general elections under the new Constitution were held.

Keywords: Jawaharlal Nehru; letters; Chief Ministers; India; provincial governments; general elections; violence; Pakistan; independence; Kashmir

Chapter.  4873 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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