In a line, what is the book about?
The book was commissioned as part of a series-Profiles in Power-which looks at different world leaders.
Who're the other leaders featured in the series?
Mao, Nasser, Kennedy, Hitler, Tagore, Castro, Disraeli...
What made you choose Nehru?
I was born in India and have been coming back here frequently, first as a 17-year-old, when I taught in Nainital. I've also worked on the nationalist movement before, so it was a natural choice.
There's already a copious corpus, why are Nehru studies so popular?
Outside India, Nehru is considered an extraordinarily interesting man, the leader who managed the regime change, the maker of the new Commonwealth.
What do you think of his detractors in India?
Inside India, Nehru is a controversial figure especially for his economic policies and strategy of modernisation. But he must be looked at within the context he lived in. What other models of development were there for him, given his intellectual heritage?