ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Jawaharlal Nehru and the Capitalist Class, 1936

Bipan Chandra (1928 – 2014) was an Indian historian, specialising in economic and political history of modern India. 

Bipan Chandra's contribution to the understanding of modern India and communalism has engaged generations of scholars. We, at EPW, present this special article that he wrote in the August 1975 issue, on Jawaharlal Nehru and his "Marxist" position. 

Abstract of the article: Jawaharlal Nehru grew more and more radical during 1933-36. This was his most "Marxist" phase, the Indian summer of his Leftism.

The radical Nehru produced consternation among the Indian capitalists and the Right-wing in the Congress. They took certain steps to counter and contain him-thereby revealing a long-term strategy to deal with him and others like him.
 
This paper examines the radicalism of Nehru which frightened the capitalists as well as the counter-strategy which they adopted.

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