Till yesterday evening, I had some plans for the Nehru’s Birthday on 14th November, that is today. But all of a sudden, there was a wide pouring of emotions against Jawaharlal Nehru, right from late evening. I possibly would have joined the brigade, but the bile, the nastiness and in some cases crass rude references to Nehru’s private life, stopped me in the path.
Not only was the whole thing disagreeable, it was reaching a point where condemning it publicly was becoming increasingly necessary. The final point came when for the 2nd time since 31st October, amongst photographs of Nehru’s romantic linkages, there was a photograph of him with his sister, Viajayalakshmi Pandit. Soon came another photograph of a lady, younger, kissing on Nehru from behind, in the presence of his sister Vijayalakshmi Pandit. The lady in question appears to be Chandralekha, daughter of Vijayalakshmi Pandit. And all these photographs were set in a collages and shared with people as Nehru’s Love Liaisons.
A light banter, references to gossips in M O Mathai’s largely discredited book in 2 Volumes, Reminiscences of the Nehru Age, is one thing. But this kind of viciousness is something else altogether. This has to be vocally condemned instead of maintaining a diplomatic silence and disagreeing privately.
What pinches the most is that this entirely petty and private issue hijacked a perfectly sane and reasonable criticism of Nehru’s 18 long years as the Head of the Government, from 1946-1964. Nehru’s entire career was filled with such shameful examples of mis-governance, lack of leadership & vision, nepotism, cannibalism of ex-partners in Freedom Struggle.
What de-motivates is that in spite of such a massive positive response in favour of BJP & Narendra Modi, my various friends in right-wing are still not confident enough about ending the gloss & sheen around the Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty purely on the basis of Governance Agenda, without bothering about Nehru or Indira Gandhi’s personal, bedroom lives.
This is a democracy. To each, his own. But I can surely make a friendly suggestion to my friends here that they should attempt to bring out to people matters of decades of mis-governance concerning the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty’s years in power.
In the past, I have shared some of my personal reflections on Nehru in blogpost written in August 2010.
The List of Nehru’s Blunders
I need not repeat what has already been said in my earlier Blog. But to refresh memories, I shall briefly list my grouses against Nehru;
- He disallowed other Freedom Fighters from participating in governance. An mentally tormented those who he thought challenged his supremacy. For e.g. the case emerging from narration of an incident between Nehru & Sardar Patel by M K K Nair, when the matter of sending Army into Nizam’s Hyderabad was under consideration
- Dr. Rajendra Prasad, President
of India, wrote to Nehru in 1959 pointing out cases of “corruption” raised,
amongst others, by none less than V P Menon himself. Nehru tried to “bully” the
President itself and asked him not to put such things in writing. Luckily, Dr.
Prasad was courageous and admonished him again.
Please read these two letter written by Dr. Rajendra Prasad to Jawaharlal Nehru on CORRUPTION in 1959. Check Prasad's reference to Nehru's attitude.
- Nehru refused to accept the Soldiers of INA into Indian Army. Not only that, he had agreed with Lord Mountbatten during an interview with him on 2nd August 1947 that no publicity would be given to INA Prisoners. You can read it in more detail here
- Trusting Chinese and mistrusting his own Generals in 1959 and calling them War Mongers
- Backstabbing Chiank Kai Shek and becoming a one sided friend of Mao Tse Dong, who possibly didn’t even care for him.
Complete screw up on Jammu
& Kashmir. Was extremely weak on maintaining territorial integrity. Learnt
nothing even after years in power and as late as 1956, he believed investment
in Armed Forces and Armament is a sheer waste of money. Watch this video from
45 seconds onwards
- Then, of course is his screwed up policy on Economy.
Behind all of this, my personal assessment says, was extremely ambitious nature of Motilal Nehru, the first man in the family who after years of Poverty reached a considerably high economic & social status in his life. This nature passed on to Jawahar and later Indira, can easily be seen as a key factor behind the lofty ideas held by the family. I am putting here the excerpt of the letter Motilal wrote to his elder brother Bansidhar in 1912.
I guess that should be sufficient on this Birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru.