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Formative Years

B. R. Nanda

in The Nehrus

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693430
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081387 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693430.003.0001
Formative Years

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This chapter covers the early years that helped shape Motilal Nehru into the prominent and successful figure in law that he was to become. It begins with an account of Motilal’s ancestor, Raj Kaul, who originated from the valley of Kashmir. It shows that the ‘Nehrus’ soon settled in Delhi and were witness to the different changes that occurred in the city’s political landscape. It then discusses the upheaval of 1857, which drove the Nehrus out of Delhi to Agra. From there the discussion goes on to focus on Motilal, who was born three months after his father’s death. It examines his education in the high school at Cawnpore and the Muir College at Allahabad, his marriage to Swarup Rani, and the start of his legal practice.

Keywords: Motilal Nehru; Raj Kaul; political landscape; upheaval of 1857; legal practice

Chapter.  3470 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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