Today while we celebrate the Children’s Day, on the 14th of November, 2017, we would like to talk about the first Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru has been the centre of the socio-political and economic narrative since the NDA assumed power at the centre in 2014.
The BJP and the RSS have had a long story of indifference with Nehru. Nehru was regarded as a real elite. He was educated at the Trinity College, London. In his autobiography he wrote about his tastes and his knowledge that he acquired from literature. His entire journey transcends from Shakespeare to Jerome K. Jerome.
Nehru’s mind was influenced by the knowledge and the social intercourse he acquired amongst the British. His views against the orthodox religious shackles of Hinduism drew flak from large corners in the society. The RSS was the most vociferous critic of Nehru.
Nehru was respected as an ideologue because he was in true essence an idealist. He believed in making a country with a very strong humanist tendency and secular credentials, but he faulted on his assessment of communalism.
Nehru’s biggest flaw was his exaggeration on the fact that he never wanted that the mohammedans in India must feel deprived, while at the same time he never felt too attached to the Hindu civilisation. Nehru further gave the state machinery all the teeth needed to curb Hindu majoritarianism, while the minority communalism was never checked. Nehru piloted bold reforms for the Hindus while he never considered the same for the minorities.
Nehru and Vallabbhai Patel had a stark contrast while they dealt with the RSS. Sardar Patel sahab acknowledged the efforts of RSS and condemned them when needed, this was also the stand of Ambedkar saheb, but Nehru believed it to be a radical and a terrorist outfit. The extent was grave when he got the RSS banned after the death of Gandhi ji.
Nehruvian socialism also had many defects which proved to be fatal to the economy while his inability to usher in a democratic culture in the INC corroded much of his prestige. Amongst his notable blunders was the Indo-China war of 1962. The Non-Alignment movement was a good step yet it did not bear rich dividends for the immediate goals of the economic development.
The Nehruvian thought and era has its cons yet it has its own pros! Nehru led the revolt against his own mercurial daughter because it was his dream to build a diverse and assimilating India whcih ensured freedom of speech and the press.
Atal Baba and Advani ji christened the Nehruvian thought to a great extent. Atal Ji when became the Home Minister in the Janta government, he got Nehru’s portrait put up in his office again which was removed because of respect for him.
In today’s political scenario Nehru deserves a special mention and reverence for the transparency, democratisation of institutions, and freedoms that we all enjoy as Indians.
The RSS has trained its disciples to go against the Nehruvian legacy, which is now desecrating his image. Moreover his successors have been unable to meet the standards of political acumen which the times call for.
After a certain amount of time, people will fondly remember him for the good that he did while his flaws will remain as they were.
We wish one and all a very happy children’s day.