Jawaharlal Nehru in the Soviet Union

For all my readers on the sub-continent!  Many of the visitors to this site come from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.  In their day the Soviet presses were well-distibuted and well-liked  throughout India.  The result is a fondness for these unusual books, a fondness I share.  This post is for you:

Jawaharlal Nehru in the Soviet Union

This is one of the few State Fine Art Publishing House editions, published at the tail end of this publisher’s life.  The State Fine Art crowd published many of the iconic volumes of Stalinist publishing, like Rodchenko’s Parade of Youth and The White Sea Canal.  Sadly this book is less of an event.

The portrait, of course.

At VDNKh, with his daughter Indira.

And probably the point of the whole exercise, a commemorative publication to mark a treaty.

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7 thoughts on “Jawaharlal Nehru in the Soviet Union

  1. From an historical angle, the USSR and India signed a trade agreement in late 1953 and that might be the conference table photo seen above. The agreement solidified the nations in an economic way and was in line with Neru’s brand of “Democratic Socialism”. While Jawaharlal Nehru courted the USSR, his government was officially neutral when it came to dealing with the USA or the USSR. Neru’s visit to Moscow in 1955 was reciprocal. The same year, Bulganin and Khrushchev also made a visit to India.

  2. I totally agree with you when you say many of us Indians love these old soviet texts (I personally grew up on quite a few of their children’s books and the best part always were the illustrations, ok the stories were pretty interesting too)

  3. hi
    i too grew up with lots of soviet children’s books.i am sixteen and spend a lot time reading gorky,toltstoy,pushkin etc.i have developed deep appreciation and fondness for these books,covers and their design.i feel very sad that this awesome horde of literature,values and brilliant ideas remains unappreciated by so many.

  4. Found a copy of this book in my grandad’s cache a few months ago…I’ve always found picture books interesting, they allow you to imagine their characters’ lives without providing any kind of commentary; allowing you to draw your own conclusions. A rare and unnoticed treasure, this book!

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