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Nehruism is the name given to the political ideology of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime minister.


  • The attempts to emphasize communalism in the nationalist movement were countered by Gandhi and Nehru, each of whom in different ways sought to strengthen a comprehensive cultural policy. Gandhi pursued an inclusive strategy by seeking to incorporate religious symbol- ism relevant to Islam in his public rituals,Islamic linguistic forms in his definition of a national language, and Muslim political interests in his coalitions.Nehru's resolute rationalism and commitment to a "scientific temper"in effect denied the relevance of religion to a national political identity.The secular cultural policy which he fashioned for the Indian National Congress became the dominant political paradigm after independence.
    • Rudolph, L. I., & Rudolph, S. H. (1983). Rethinking Secularism: Genesis and Implications of the Textbook Controversy, 1977-79. Pacific Affairs, 56(1), 15. doi:10.2307/2758768
  • Nehruism was the meaning of the Russian Revolution to the Indian middle-class. This class was the harbinger of modernity and architect of nationalism. It was proud of its mission, sacrifice and suffering. It agreed with Macaulay in regarding itself as the natural leader to society and the nation. In the early twenties the middle-class nationalist was over-confident of the success of his tactics and strategy of struggle. Under the first flush of the Gandhian spell it thought that nothing of importance would be gained by turning over the pages of other people’s struggles.
    • Writings on Nehru: Some Reflections on Indian Thoughts and Related Essays, Ganesh Prashad
  • Herein came Nehruism. It brought the knowledge of other lands, especially of the Soviet land, to the door of the nationalist and the common man. The kernel of Nehruism was faith in progress and faith in people. It put forth, despite its liberal language, the central thesis of Marxism and of the Soviet Union that capitalism, imperialism, fascism and militarism were decaying and organically connected phenomena and that the future belonged to the other organically connected phenomena representing the progressive forces of the world. These progressive forces included socialism, colonial nationalism and the Soviet Union. This world picture restored confidence to the nationalist camp.
    • Writings on Nehru: Some Reflections on Indian Thoughts and Related Essays, Ganesh Prashad
  • Many factors prevented Nehruism from becoming a fully effective doctrine of action in Nehru's lifetime. Policy-making was so personalised that the meaning of policies was not easily radiated and not properly explained.
    • The Politics of Poverty: Planning India′s Development, D. K. Rangnekar
  • India is the one new state where sophisticated political discussion flourishes, though there can of course be much dispute as to whether any original political ideas lie behind the smoke-screen of ideological controversy. The major -isms are undoubtedly Nehruism, Gandhism and Communism. All we pro- pose to do is to say briefly what we think Nehruism is and why we think it has won acceptance as the dominant ideology, not overlooking the fact that there are many, including Nehru himself, who would deny that it amounts to an ideology at all.
    • Politics in Southern Asia, Saul Rose
  • Nehru wants a modernized, secular, democratic state resting on the pillars of parliamentary government, central planning, large-scale industrialization and the ‘socialistic pattern of society’. In essence, Nehruism is an attempt to combine the government by discussion and rule of law of liberal democracy with Communist-style central planning and some aspects of the specifically Indian approach to politics of the Gandhians.
    • Politics in Southern Asia, Saul Rose
  • Nehruism , in outer dress means the so - called Jawahar Bandi and a Chatti ' just as Gandhism meant a Gandhi Cap and the Khadi attire ...
    • Trends in Socialistic Thought and Movement, Ilyas Ahmad
  • Nehruism became too much identified with Western rationalism and thus excluded intuitive forms of thought and consciousness which were the intellectual tools of an illiterate and premodern peasantry .
    • Development Planning and Policy: Essays in Honour of Professor V.K.R.V. Rao, Devendra B. Gupta
  • Nehruism represented in politics , economics , and international relations an arithmetic compromise between extremes.
    • India's Static Power Structure, Jai Dev Sethi

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