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Skylark 284 Frere Road Bombay 400 038 Grams Econweekly Grams Econweekly Editor Krishna Raj Associate Editor Rajani X desai Assistant Editor M S Prabhakar Editorial Staff Colin de Souza, K Vijayakumar Manager J K Thakkar Advertisement Manager R Venkiteswaran Legacy of Nehru IT is tempting to speculate on what Jawaharlal Nehru would have thought of the situation in the country had he been around today, the eve of his eighty- seventh birth anniversary. Almost instinctively, one imagines that the Builder of Modern India, as he is semi-officially designated nowadays, would not have been very happy. By background, temperament, upbringing and education, he appears totally different from those who succeeded him. An aristocrat whose wealth and status could be traced to the decaying days of the Moghul Empire; a social and intellectual background almost self-consciously patrician, the acquired veneer of Westernisation happily co-existing with the native priestly heritage; reasonably authentic socialist credentials too, going back to a period when describing oneself as socialist was not merely not modish, but was slightly disreputable; even a limited familiarity with socialist and Marxist theory; and all these civilised graces embedded, as it were, within a larger framework which, for want of a better word, can be described as agnostic-humanist, admittedly possessing a certain period flavour of early, very early Bertrand Russell and George Bernard Shaw. Such were the intellectual and political (not to speak of class) counters that jawaharlal Nehru possessed when he arrived on the political scene. This 'equipment' is about as different as possible from that which the leaders of the Congress party bring with them today.

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