Kaun hai Bharat Mata by Purushottam Agrawal

Rating – 5/5 Stars

This book has hit during an appropriate time when even Jawahar Lal Nehru is struggling to keep his image immaculate. Blinded by the WhatsApp university syllabus, forces have succeeded in character assassination of our first Prime Minister by spreading apocryphal stories. He is painted as a womanizer, anti-Hindu, and reason for almost every predicament in the country even after so many years of his death. Today we hear about mob lynchings on the pretext of – “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and years ago, Nehru had succinctly described the meaning of Bharat Mata.

Majorly the book can be divided into three sections – First is an introduction by the author. Second, collection of letters, speeches, and articles written by Nehru concerning several topics. Third, is the collection of notes, articles written by other deferential personalities about Nehru.

Introduction by the author is a powerful, fact-based, and meticulously written essay of around 50 pages which gives an insight into Nehru’s achievements. He also prostrates the most impudent lies teeming nowadays by facts. All those who judged Nehru’s character by seeing his pictures with women should be ashamed to know that the women in the pictures were his sister and niece.

The second part helps to understand the intellectual and logical thought process of Nehru and why he gave more weightage to technology than religion. His vast knowledge about history, world, politics, religions, and Hinduism will let you see him in a revered light.

The third section shows how much loved and respected he was/is among fellow leaders and politicians across the world. The experience of some renowned journalists with him is worth reading and enjoyable. It also includes views of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, emphasizing why they considered him as the right leader for the nation, who can pave the path for reforming India.

It is a shame that a leader who lead the nation through three major phases- the struggle of freedom, chaos after freedom, and reforming the country has to prove his worth after death.

This book is a must-read for youths and children to see the truth beyond social media and understand the struggle for an independent India. People should not forget that he built India from a point when it was not even a country. We should look back and see how far we have come and how.