Nehru’s self-characterisation

I have become a queer mixture of the East and West, out of place everywhere, at home nowhere. Perhaps my thought and approach to life are more akin to what is called Western than Eastern, but India clings to me as she does to all her children, in innumerable ways; and behind me lie, somewhere in the subconscious, racial memories of a hundred generation of Brahmins. I cannot get rid of either that past inheritance or my recent acquisitions. They are both part of me, and, though they help me in both the East and the West, they also create in me a feeling of spritual loneliness not only in public activities but in life itself. I am a stranger and an alien in the West. I cannot be of it. But in my country also, sometimes, I have an exile’s feeling.”

“An Autobiography (London, 1936), pp. 597-598

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Graduate Student at National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.
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