Arun Nehru (अरुण नेहरू) is an Indian politician and columnist. In the 1980s he was the chief strategist for his cousin Rajiv Gandhi and a minister in his government, but owing to ideological differences defected with V.P. Singh to the Janata Dal. Presently he is politically more close to BJP. He is also a psephologist. In the Nehru family tree, Jawaharlal Nehru’s father, Moti Lal Nehru and Nand Lal Nehru were brothers, both sons of Ganga Dhar Nehru.Mr Arun Nehru is the grandson of Nand Lal Nehru’s son, Shyam Lal Nehru, just as much as Rajiv Gandhi was the grandson of Moti Lal Nehru’s son, Jawaharlal Nehru. His grandfather, Shyam Lal Nehru, was a Member of the Constituent Assembly and his grandmother, Mrs Uma Nehru, was a Lok Sabha member for three terms from Sitapur. In 1962, after Mrs Uma Nehru’s death, Shyamkumari, her daughter, was made a member of the Rajya Sabha. Nehru moved out of the family home in Allahabad at an early age to go to La Martinere Boys' College in Lucknow. At the age of 20, he began a successful career in the corporate world, which he gave up at the age of 37 when Mrs Indira Gandhi asked him to join politics. Mr Nehru was then the President of the Jenson and Nicholson group of companies. He, in fact, was one of the first young corporate wizards to have climbed such heights. Mr Arun Nehru fell out with Rajiv Gandhi in 1984. He later joined hands with Mr V.P. Singh and, indeed, was the brain behind the formation of the Jan Morcha and later launching of the Janata Dal.
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