Jawaharlal Nehru : The dark side of personality
|January 11, 2012||Posted by Britul under Painful, Thoughts|
Much has been already discussed about Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s character and personality. Most often it is seen that, probably because of having a soft corner in our hearts towards him we used to overlook the negative sides of his personality. While criticizing him we end up focusing on his good aspects only. The bad aspects remain un-highlighted.
Here, we would try to evaluate some of the negative aspects of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s personality. Only negative ones.
Jawaharlal Nehru: Partition supporter ?
Jawaharlal Nehru was not supporting Mahatma Gandhi whole heartedly in the protest against partition of
India. He was doing this to gain political advantage over Sardar Ballavbhai Patel so that he can become the prime Minister of India after independence. His political greed was so high that later he started to blackmail Gaandhiji that if he is not made the prime minister of independent India then He will divide Congress. But if Congress got divided, then it won’t be possible to get independence. Hence Gandhiji requested Sardar Ballavbhai Patel to step aside and let Nehru be the prime minister even though Patelji won by absolute majority in the voting within congress to decide who will be the prime minister.
Nehru’s stand on Indo China relationship:
In indo china war, India’s situation might have not been so poor if Nehru had taken the issue seriously. Civilian from the state of Arunachal Pradesh fought with Chinese Army. At the time when
Indian army was about to accept defeat, and the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam were in the verge of being a part of China, Nehru just set back and watched like a silent spectator. He just commented with crocodile tears – “sorry Assam”. Everything was in his hand, but he did nothing. Later in parliament when the question regarding his stand about china war was raised, he answered that the part of Arunachal, which was taken by China was of no use and not a single grass can survive at that place. The opponent leaders replied, “Even your head don’t have a single hair, why don’t you give it to china?
It is well understood that Jawaharlal Nehru was a person who always wanted to be in comfort zone and never step out of it and face the reality of the problems.
He was an escapist who liked to maintain status quo on the crucial issues rather than to delve deep into the problem and solve it from the root. The great quote “hindi chini bhai bhai” was spread by Jawaharlal Nehru just after Chinese aggression.
Soft diplomacy can be used to solve problems and for betterment of national relationships only in specific circumstances. But if our nation is attacked by some other nation and already taken a part of it from us then there’s no point of resorting to soft diplomacy. Spreading of the quote “Hindi chini bhai bhai” only reflects the escapism within Jawaharlal Nehru.
Had he been a real patriot and loved his motherland, he might have never let other nations take parts of ours. This speaks about his immaturity, lack of foresightedness and lack of wisdom to be claimed from the prime minister of India. Still we have honored him with the title “PANDIT”.
“We were getting out of touch with reality in the modern world and we were living in an artificial atmosphere of our creation” – stated Jawaharlal Nahru after defeat by Chinese n 1962.
In the quoted statement above, by stating “WE”, Jawaharlal has distributed his fault over everyone in his cabinet including Sardar Ballavbhai Patel, who had in his letter dated 7th November 1950, warned Jawaharlal regarding probability of such attack. While Jawaharlal had ignored the probability pointed out by Sardar Balavbhai Patel. You can read the letter here: http://o3.indiatimes.com/ssbedi1945/archive/2007/11/14/4800233.aspx
Jawaharlal Nehru : his anti Assam Policies :
After partition, a part of Bengal(known as East Bengal at that time) was freed from India and declared as provincial state of Pakistan. It was then known as East Pakistan. East Pakistan fought for independence and in 1971 East Pakistan was declared as an independent nation and is known as Bangladesh since then. India helped Bangladesh won its independence and since Bangladesh’s economic and social scenario was not so healthy at that time, it was India’s moral responsibility to help Bangladesh in that front. At that time it was decided by Jawaharlal Nehru that some portion of Bangladeshi population will be allowed to come to India as “Federal Refugee”. Here food shelter and good education will be provided to them by Indian Government so that they can go back and change the social scenario of Bangladesh. But there was no law, or parliamentary bill passed in support of this. This was decided by Jawaharlal Nehru only by his whims and wills.
The influx of population from Bangladesh has been continuing since the 1940s. At that time because of absence of any law in support, this influx was considered as illegal. But during those days, the identification and deportation system was not so efficient to identify the illegal immigrants and deport them back.
On 7th May 1949, Assam’s first Chief Minister Gopinath Bordoloi wrote a letter to Jawaharlal Nehru highlighting the illegal influx issue and requesting him to take necessary action. Bordoloi also requested that if not possible to deport, then at least to distribute the additional load of population among various states equally. In this letter Gopinath Bordoloi pointed out that approximately 2.5 Lakh “East Pakistani”s have already come to Assam.
As a reply to this letter, on 18th May 1949, Jawaharlal Nehru wrote a letter to Gopinath Bordoloi stating that the population cannot be divided among other states and has to be absorbed by Assam only!!!! . He, in his letter clearly stated,
“…Therefore, we have to absorb them and make provisions for them so that they might be good citizens. In doing this, all provinces have to help and co-operate and we will do no good to a province to refuse co-operation in national work.”
So from the above sequence of activities it is very clear that Nehru was a person who used to run national policies as his personal policies. Frame law as per his whims and wills.
Because of his foolish and immature activities, the north eastern states specially Assam and Arunachal had to suffer a lot. His way of working had become the way of working for the whole congress party which is the ruling party for most of the time in center since independence. His philosophy had become the philosophy for the congress party which is the ruling party for most of the time at Assam. As a result of the post independence movement at Assam, the Assam Accord was signed. But the illegal immigrant identification and deportation clause of the accord have not yet been implemented by the center.
It is hard to believe that a person who has taken an important part in Indian Independence movement and have proved himself a leader and a patriot can turn into an unpatriotic, selfish and power greedy person just after the independence movement is over. It makes us rethink about his actions during the independence movement. Was he really a patriot or whatever he did during the movement were just public image building activities, so that he can become the Prime Minister of independent India?
The days of independence and formation of new independent republic of India were the days when our
national leaders were bestowed upon with massive responsibilities of formation of new government, constitution, law and order etc. Our national leaders at that time had very well performed with their responsibilities. But it seems surprising to know that, Jawaharlal Nehru get time and space to fall in love with Lady Mountbatten (Wife of Lord Mountbatten; last viceroy of British ruled India) during those crucial days. Pamela Mountbatten; the younger daughter of Mountbatten couple and also Lord Mountbatten himself, have written about the relationship between Jawaharlal Nehru and Edwina(Lady Mountbatten) in various letters and other writings during 1947-’48. The same had been evident from various family album and diary entries of Mountbatten family. Pamela Mountbatten also refers to a letter written by Jawaharlal Nehru to Lady Edwina Mountbatten in 1957, “Suddenly I realised (and perhaps you also did) that there was a deeper attachment between us, that some uncontrollable force, of which I was dimly aware, drew us to one another, I was overwhelmed and at the same time exhilarated by this new discovery. We talked more intimately as if some veil had been removed and we could look into each other's eyes without fear or embarrassment.”
So, the Chinese aggression took place in 1962 and the timeline of the above quoted letter falls in 1957, just five years before Chinese aggression. The time when Chinese were preparing to attack India, our great prime minister was busy with lovemaking with someone else’s wife.
The timeline of written communication of Gopinath Bordoloi regarding illegal influx falls in 1949, and in 1948, Lord Mountbatten himself had mentioned about the relationship of Nehru and Edwina in his letter to his elder daughter. That means, the time when the soil of our motherland is being used as dustbin by other nation to throw excess and useless population, our great prime minister was busy with lovemaking with a lady who is the wife of a federal official of the government which ruled our country for hundreds of years. Also, he suppresses the noble efforts made by others to eradicate the problem; recall reply from Nehru to Gopinath Bordoloi.
So, this is Jawaharlal Nehru. “PANDIT” Jawaharlal Nehru. Do you still call him “Pandit”? I don’t.