Pandit Nehru once stated: “By education I am an Englishman, by views an internationalist, by culture a Muslim, and a Hindu only by accident of birth.” Not only did he say so, but also acted so. In an interview given to one of the leading international magazines, he emphasized: “I will be the last Englishman to rule India.”
The government under his control launched several large infrastructure projects, but the way in which those projects were implemented became the character of governance in the decades that followed.
He ignored bolstering the army and investing in defence materials. That result was in 1962 the country suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Chinese. At a time when we had lost 72,000 sq kms of land to Chinese, he quipped: “Not a blade of grass grows in Aksai Chin; loss of Indian territory to China is a loss too little.”
Though a Kashmiri Pandit by birth, Nehru never found slaughtering of cows inhuman. Once a massive uproar broke out in Parliament over banning cow slaughter. Everyone but seven parliamentarians favoured a ban. When the voting was about to begin, Nehru backed off. He threatened to resign if Parliament pressed ahead with a vote. Disliking personal animosity with Nehru, many members retreated, and finally the bill was placed off the menu. Even to this day, nobody knows why Nehru did so. Perhaps we will never know.
On October 26, 1947, Raja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession to legally accede Jammu and Kashmir to India. It was the responsibility of leaders like Nehru to defend Kashmir and Hari Singh. Soon, an army contingent was dispatched to the region to deal with a tribal army opposing accession. The Tribal army was no match for the professional soldiers. But, then Nehru made the greatest mistake of his life. He asked the UN to intervene and solve the issue.
The UN enforced a ceasefire and ruled that the areas occupied by rivals would remain theirs. The Indian army hadn’t yet achieved its objective of driving out the intruders from occupied Kashmir. The ceasefire handed out a huge tract of land to the Pakistani tribal army and the Indian soldiers were herded back into their barracks.
Today this chunk of land is called Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). India has since continued to pay the price for this Nehruvian blunder. The Instrument of Accession was the fundamental element of rule under which the country was divided between Muslims and Hindus.
Later the United Nations washed its hands of declaring Kashmir a ‘disputed land’. This was the result of the overbearing attitude and a false notion of being the benefactor of the nation. Such fallacious thought process has been passed on to the Nehru family that ruled the nation for decades later on.
Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi mastered this art of hoodwinking. Today the dynasty’s incumbent ‘prince’, Rahul Gandhi, is also trying to use similar tactics to hoodwink the nation.
Sample this quote from Rahul Gandhi. “This is the only country which won its war of independence with love. Today India is ruled by people who are angry. They say we have to promote Hindi, not English. The Congress is the only party that has the strength to fight this,” Rahul told Congress party workers.
This is a small example of his lack of knowledge of history. Worse still, such statements belittle the sacrifices of the thousands like Subhash Chandra Bose and those killed in massacres like Jallianwala Bagh.Rahul Gandhi seems to have forgotten the fact that Nehru supported Sanskrit. Today Rahul decries the country’s ancient language just to gain a political capital. It is no secret that he is unaware of Indian culture and heritage.
Asked by ‘Hindustan Times’ why the congress government did not open a single Sanskrit university in its 10-year rule, Rahul replied: “It will be a narrow viewpoint if we compartmentalised education in languages. I don’t agree with you that you
need a dedicated university for the promotion of Sanskrit. Students should be taught all languages, say Hindi, Japanese or English, in all
Apart from such dreadful views, some of his statements have been downright detrimental to the security of the country.
In 2009, while lunching with United States Ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer, along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi said that he believes Hindu extremists pose a greater threat to his country than Muslim militants, pointing at some senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
He went on to compare Hindu nationalistic organisations to terrorist organisations like SIMI.
At an election rally in Madhya Pradesh, soon after the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, Rahul Gandhi claimed that he heard a police officer saying that Pakistan’s ISI was trying to recruit disgruntled riot-affected youngsters in Uttar Pradesh.
During a function in Allahabad, Gandhi termed poverty as a “state of mind” for which he drew sharp criticism from various sections.
It is time that India says goodbye to dynastic politics that proved incompetent and inefficient to rule the nation. Rahul is a fine example of youths who, without experience and knowledge the country’s history, take up political offices just because they are the sons of ruling families.
As the first Prime Minister of independent India, Nehru committed far too many blunders, but the decision to approach the UN, when Kashmir was attacked by the Pak-sponsored militia, is considered to be his worst blunder. Our soldiers were about to reclaim the rest of the territory in Kashmir which was still in the hands of the militia, but since the UN enforced a ceasefire, they had to pull back, leaving that part of Kashmir for Pakistan. Nehru also ignored the need for effective defence, which resulted in India’s humiliating defeat at the hands of Chinese in 1962.
(Research inputs from