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The vision of a leader
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Aakar Patel
Somewhere in the Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru (which, believe it or not, still haven’t been fully brought out, the latest one being around 1961 or ’62 or so) is a letter about classical music. 

Nehru is writing to someone in government, referring to a letter a man from Bombay has sent him. Nehru writes that his correspondent, a Parsi man, is distressed over the decline of Western classical music in India. Nehru agrees with that assessment and writes that something must be done about it.

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First Published: May 31 2019 | 10:01 PM IST

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