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India Since Independence by V. Krishna Ananth

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The Era of Nehruvian Socialism

The Congress has made history in India in the past; I have no doubt that it has still to fulfill a historic mission. It has to consolidate our freedom; it has to work for the social and economic advancement of all our millions; it has to help to maintain that broad-minded tolerance and even temper, which was the pride of our people in olden days; it has to keep clear the vision of the future and not allow itself to be deflected by the passion or prejudice of the moment. These are tasks that I do not know who else can perform in the India of the present day.

—Jawaharlal Nehru to Balwantrai Mehta, on the eve of the Congress session in Delhi. Nehru became Congress president in this session on 12 December 1952 ...

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