The Discovery of India
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2006)|
|The Discovery of India|
The Discovery of India centenary edition cover.
|Subject(s)||Indian history, Indian culture, Politics of India, Religion in India, Indian philosophy|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Pages||584 pp (centenary edition)|
|LC Classification||DS436 .N42 1989|
Nehru was jailed for his participation in the Quit India movement along with other Indian leaders, and he used this time to write down his thoughts and knowledge about India's history. The book is widely regarded as a classic in India since its first publication in 1946, and provides a broad view of Indian history, philosophy and culture, as viewed from the eyes of a liberal Indian fighting for the independence of his country.
In The Discovery of India, Nehru argued that India was a historic nation with a right to sovereignty. (Calhoun, Craig, Nations Matter: Culture, History and the Cosmopolitan Dream, Routledge, p. 63.)
In this book, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru tries to study the history of India starting from the Indus Valley Civilization, and then covers the country's history from the arrival of the Aryans to government under the British Empire. He says that India in the past was a country that lived in harmony and peace, but the evils of society corrupted the people. The effect of these various people on Indian culture and their incorporation into Indian society is examined. This book also analyses in depth the philosophy of Indian life.
This book was dedicated to the Prisoners of Ahmednagar jail.
The book became the basis of the 53-episode Indian television series Bharat Ek Khoj,directed by Shyam Benegal, first broadcast in 1988.
Life in the Jail 
During his stay in the jail as a prisoner, he talked about the ruins that were there but were covered up by soil or have collapsed. He talks about a courageous, beautiful lady, named Chaandbibi, who fought against Akbar to protect the fort(where he was staying as prisoner). But at the end she was killed by her own army man.
He asks himself that what is his ancestral gift? He discovers that, India is his ancestral gift. It is in his blood. he is the predecessor of victories and defeats of the past kings, brave works of human from the earliest past to now. He is the heir of all these.
- The Discovery of India by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, ISBN 0-670-05801-7
- The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru (paper back, thirteenth edition), ISBN 0-19-562359-2