Nehru pp 114-142 | Cite as

Emergence of a Leader, 1926–9

  • B. N. Pandey


The Europe to which Jawaharlal was returning after more than thirteen years had changed in the aftermath of the world war. Now it presented the options of communism and fascism, of class warfare and class collaboration. Jawaharlal first settled in Geneva for Kamala’s treatment, eager to study these new European phenomena. Geneva, the seat of the League of Nations and the International Labour Office, had become an international city. To a student of international affairs the city offered exciting possibilities. Jawaharlal earnestly organised both his domestic life and intellectual pursuits. The domestic front offered him a new experience. For the first time he was put in a position of direct responsibility for his wife and daughter who, because they knew no French, were entirely dependent on him. He took on these responsibilities with enthusiasm. He rented a modest two-bedroom flat; Kamala was put under Henry Spahlinger’s serum treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis; nine-year-old Indira was admitted to a local school. His principal domestic occupations lay in supervising Kamala’s treatment and escorting Indira to and from school. He also tried to reduce the family budget.


Dominion Status Complete Independence Constitutional Reform National Convention National Movement 
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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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