A century of political history in India is studied in this comprehensive and thoroughly researched five-volume account of the Indian National Congress. Founded in 1885, the political party was instrumental in the movement for independence in India and has formed the majority of the Indian governments since. Originally published in 1985, these volumes reintroduce an important historical work and cover 100 years of Indian politics with unparalleled thoroughness. This fourth volume highlights the social, political, and economic development of India during the years when Jawaharlal Nehru served as Prime Minister. Contributors include Kanta Ahuja, Suma Chitnis, A. K. Damodaran, Bangendu Ganguly, Meera Ganguly, S. Nurul Hasan, Rikhi Jaipal, Subhash C. Kashyap, Shriram Maheshwari, Panchanand Misra, Iqbal Narain, Ramshray Roy, K. Subrahmanyam, and Kapila Vatsyayan.
B. N. Pande was a freedom fighter, an eminent parliamentarian, a governor of Orissa, and a lifelong member of the Indian National Congress. He was honored with the Padma Shri Award by the Republic of India as well as the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration.