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The Last Englishman to Rule India

Ashis Nandy: Jawaharlal Nehru, 21 May 1998

Nehru: A Tryst with Destiny 
by Stanley Wolpert.
Oxford, 546 pp., £25, January 1997, 0 19 510073 5
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... decades it has become controversial and divisive and this has set the tone for Indian reactions to Wolpert’s book. Nehru brought to the freedom movement a touch of 19th-century European radicalism – notably Fabianism – and the social-democratic theories of the interwar years. Though sometimes accused of being a closet Marxist, he was nothing of the ...

‘I am the destiny’

Eqbal Ahmad: Pakistani politics, 18 June 1998

The Terrorist Prince: Life and Death of Murtaza Bhutto 
by Raja Anwar, translated by Khalid Hasan.
Verso, 254 pp., £16, January 1997, 1 85984 886 9
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Memoirs of a Bystander: A Life in Diplomacy 
by Iqbal Akhund.
Oxford, 500 pp., £15.99, June 1998, 0 19 577736 0
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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Pakistan 
by Rafi Raza.
Oxford, 420 pp., £15.95, April 1998, 0 19 577697 6
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... talent for flattery ensured his rapid rise to prominence. In his Life of Bhutto published in 1993, Stanley Wolpert quotes from a letter Bhutto wrote to assure Mirza of his ‘imperishable and devoted loyalty’: ‘When the history of our Country is written by objective Historians, your name will be placed before that of even Mr Jinnah. Sir, I say this ...

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