Nehru pp 391-431 | Cite as

Defeat into Victory, 1959–63

  • B. N. Pandey


On the domestic front during this period the concern of India’s ageing Prime Minister lay mainly in achieving national integration, in strengthening the roots of democracy and parliamentary government, in fighting corruption and disintegration within the ruling Congress Party, and in leading India further along the road to socialism. Though he remained wedded to ideals, he made reluctant compromises with reality. He suffered from a crisis of conscience when dismissing the communist government of Kerala (1959) and liberating the Portuguese colonies in India (1961) but he sought consolation in the fact that these decisions were dictated by the popular will (which was to him almost the will of God), and that they were not as inconsistent with his ideals as they outwardly appeared to be.


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© B. N. Pandey 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. N. Pandey
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  1. 1.School of Oriental and African StudiesUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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