Jawaharlal Nehru birthday special: Top 5 things showing the grey side of India’s first PM on his 125th birth anniversary
Jawaharlal Nehru celebrates his 125th birth anniversary on November 14, today. It was Nehru’s alleged fondness for children that his birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day in India. Nehru doesn’t need any introduction as he is well known for his role in India’s independence and being conferred as the first Prime Minister of India. Nehru held the Prime Ministerial office of India for a record three times. Nehru’s bio is well read by many of us, but it was his grey side that defined him more than anything else.
There are many instances in Indian history which show that Jawaharlal Nehru not only created controversies but also committed blunders, 65 years after India’s independence. Be it his remarks of himself being the last Englishman to rule India or his secret-yet-worldly known affair with Lady Mountbatten, Nehru has been the centre of controversies since India won its independence from the British Raj.
We bring to you top 5 controversies associated with the self-proclaimed Englishman who last ruled India:
1. I will be the last Englishman to rule India
In an interview to one of the leading international magazines, Jawaharlal Nehru said, “I will be the last Englishman to rule India.” Well, how could the India’s longest serving prime minister utter such nuisance? Not many know about the fact that Nehru was favoured as a Prime Minister, even by the English authorities.
2. Becoming the first Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi stirred a controversy earlier this year saying, “Had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been the 1st PM of India, the story of India had been otherwise.” Looking back in history, Nehru wasn’t even endorsed as the first PM by Congress members. Of the 15 state/regional committees who voted between Nehru and Patel for the PM post, 12 voted in favour of Patel while the remaining three didn’t select anyone. Known for his devious way of politics, how Nehru became India’s first PM is a well debated history.
3. The true secular Indian
“By education I am an Englishman, by views an internationalist, by culture a Muslim and a Hindu only by accident of birth,” said Jawaharlal Nehru. The quote’s source remains unverified (for obvious reasons). It may come as a shocker, but yes, the first and longest serving PM of India had such a loose mindset. Known for his beliefs on being a secular (read: pseudo-secular), Nehru was indeed an Englishman, a Muslim, and a Hindu wrapped in one soul!
4. The most colourful love affair
The love affair of Lady Mountbatten and Jawaharlal Nehru is no hidden story. The pictures which are viral on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook confirm that it was more than a platonic relationship. Be it an image of Nehru lighting Lady Mountbatten’s cigarette or being kissed by her, the duo surely shared a spicy relationship. Nehru was also allegedly called a womaniser by his associates back then
5. Befitting reply by Manohar Tyagi
When India lost to China in Indo-Sine War of 1962, the Chinese occupied approximately 72,000 sq. ft. of Indian Territory. The loss in the war is considered as one of the biggest blunders by Jawaharlal Nehru in his 15 years of being in office. During a parliamentary session, Nehru said, “Not a blade of grass grows in Aksai Chin; loss of Indian Territory to China is a loss too little.” A fellow parliamentarian Mahavir Tyagi pointing towards the bald head of Nehru retorted, “Nothing grows there. Should it be cut off or given away to someone else?
The controversies around Jawaharlal Nehru seem to have met an unending fate. It was also reported that Jawaharlal Nehru was the first politician to interview for Playboy magazine! Nehru is also called Nehruji, Chacha Nehru, and Pandit Nehru by Congressmen and children. While the whole nation celebrates Nehru’s birthday as Children’s Day today, many are still oblivious to the grey shades of our ‘beloved’ Chacha Nehru.
Modified Date: November 14, 2014 4:57 PM
A propos of #Congress celebrations for #Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary . A look at his legacy.
November 12, 2014
Nehru, writes French historian Alain Danielou, “was the perfect replica of a certain type of Englishman. He often used the expression ‘continental people’, with an amused and sarcastic manner, to designate French or Italians.
He despised non-anglicised Indians and had a very superficial and partial knowledge of India.
His ideal was the romantic socialism of 19th century Britain.But this type of socialism was totally unfit to India, where there was no class struggle and where the conditions were totally different from 19th century Europe.” (Histoire de l’Inde p. 349)
It should be added that Nehru was not a fiery leader, maybe because of his innate “gentlemanship” and often succumbed not only to Gandhi’s views, with which he sometimes disagreed, not only to the blackmailing of Jinnah and the fanatical Indian Muslim minority, but also to the British, particularly Lord Mountbatten, whom history has portrayed as the benevolent last Viceroy of India, but who actually was most instrumental in the partition of India, whatever “Freedom at Midnight” a very romanticised book, says.
(Remember Churchill’s words on learning about Partition: “At last we had the last word”).
It may be added that the British had a habit of leaving a total mess when they had to surrender a colony, witness Palestine, Ireland, or India.
Nehru has also been made into a myth by foreign writers, such as French Catherine Clement, who wrote a ridiculous and pompous novel depicting the loves between Nehru and Lady Mountbatten.
The problem is not whether they had sex or not together, the problem rather, is that this “affair” only symbolizes the fatal attraction which Nehru had for the White Skin – for Edwina Mountbatten was certainly not a beauty, but was in fact renowned for her nymphomania and inconsequence – an attraction for the White Skin which the Congress perpetuated faithfully and still incarnated today by Sonia Gandhi, who was, till Mr Narendra Modi came on the scene, able to woo the masses, when she has absolutely no qualifications to lead India.
The problem is not whether Mountbatten was made a cuckold or not – but that it was India which was cuckolded, for Nehru was unfaithful to India by letting his weaknesses influence him in accepting partition and the terms dictated by the British.
The Congress has today made an icon out Nehru, and is trying to perpetuate it through its pompous 125th birth anniversary celebrations, which will not evoke much international interest, for Nehru belongs to India’s past: the Soviet model, the denigration of India’s ancient spirituality and anything Hindu, the huge elephants of nationalized industries, the creating of a privileged caste of VIP politicians answerable to nobody, the pampering to the Muslims for selfish electoral motives, the devastating Hindi-Chini bhaibhai policy, the huge bureaucracy and corruption, the mistrust of America, etc.
Thus, Nehru did tremendous harm to India by initiating movements and patterns, which not only did vast damage in their times, but continue to survive and weigh down the Indian nation, long after their uselessness has been realized.
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