I just finished a book on India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru, like so many other social revolutionaries, was born in an upper-class aristocratic family. Nehru had difficulty deciding who he was in the social sense. Although born in India, he was educated at Harrow and Cambrige. In his manner, he was described as a proper English gentleman. In many ways, his vision or creation of India was a reflection of his own attempts to accomodate and reconcile his own identity struggle as an Indian who embraced Western culture, especially the spirit of Enlightenment. This book uses this struggle and transmutation of Nehru's identity to document Nehru's evolution into a nationalist revolutionary. It is clear from Shashi Tharoor's account of Nehru that his own convictions subsequently translated into what he calls the "four pillars" upon which the country was built: socialism, democracy, secularism, and non-alignment. It was upon these illars that Nehru literally constructed the notion of India, a country not bound together by religion, ethnicity, geography, or language, but held together through a shared destiny reaching far into the future. If you are interested in learning about the birth of the world's largest democracy and the institutional origins of India's cultural and political system, I encourage you to read Nehru: The Invention of India.