Nehru pp 77-91 | Cite as

The Plunge into the Politics of Suffering, 1920–1

  • B. N. Pandey


The years 1920 and 1921 were perhaps the happiest of Jawaharlal’s life. He was, in those years, fully committed, for the first and the last time. Action on his part during this period was a wholehearted expression of his self; in later years it was often an attempt to run away from himself.1 Action, with or without attachment, and aggression without vengefulness were the hallmarks of his character. Later in his life, while consoling his sister on the death of her husband, he wrote: ‘I have myself found that work, hard continuous work, is the best occupation and antidote for a disturbed mind. It brings a certain calmness of spirit and makes one forget oneself in impersonal activity.’2


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© B. N. Pandey 1976

Authors and Affiliations

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

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