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The Only Son

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/9780195693430.003.0006
The Only Son

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This chapter focuses on Jawaharlal Nehru, the only son of Motilal Nehru. It states the importance of a male heir in a Hindu family and relates some of Jawaharlal’s early memories of his father’s displays of happiness and rage. It looks at Jawaharlal’s education, how he was taught at home by English tutors. It reveals that Jawaharlal was fascinated with the doctrines of theosophy, such as Karma and ‘reincarnation’, and was introduced to the cultural and religious heritage of India. The discussion also narrates the Nehrus’ travels in Europe, which ended when Jawaharlal was accepted into Harrow in England. It shows that Jawaharlal’s stay in Harrow proved to be his first long separation from his family. Finally, the chapter shows that Motilal was immediately faced with a large number of briefs upon his return to India.

Keywords: Jawaharlal Nehru; male heir; English tutors; doctrines of theosophy; Karma; reincarnation; cultural and religious heritage; Harrow; England

Chapter.  3274 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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