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Nehru and the National Philosophy of India

Bhikhu Parekh
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 26, No. 1/2 (Jan. 5-12, 1991), pp. 35-39+41-43+45-48
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4397189
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Consistent with his belief that every state needed a 'national philosophy' to sustain it, give it coherence and to direct it, Nehru devoted attention to the elaboration of a unifying national philosophy. For him 'modernisation' was India's national philosophy and involved seven national goals-national unity, parliamentary democracy, industrialisation, socialism, scientific temper, secularism and non-alignment. This paper comments on this philosophy and examines how he sought to obtain its public acceptance.

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