Advani on : "MAHATMA WAS PERHAPS NOT RIGHT, SAYS RAJMOHAN"

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    MAHATMA WAS PERHAPS NOT RIGHT, SAYS RAJMOHAN

    My second compilation of blogs released in December, 2013, under title “MY TAKE” has quite a few blogs about Sardar Patel, the remarkable integration of princely states that he accomplished, and the manner in which he made the Nizam of Hyderabad who had decided not to sign the Instrument of Accession to the Indian Union to eat the humble pie.

    Not many are aware that Prime Minister Pandit Nehru was not at all in favour of taking army action against the Nizam and as in the case of Jammu and KashmirState, wanted the Hyderabad issue also to be referred to the U.N. Security Council !

    Anyone who analyses the history of those early years would readily feel that if Gandhiji had chosen Sardar Patel instead of Pandit Nehru to become free India’s first Prime Minister, it is quite likely the history of those early years may have been quite different.

    Going through Rajmohan Gandhi’s excellent biography of Sardar Patel afresh these days, I feel that what Rajmohan has said in his preface is significant. The Preface opens with Rashtrapati Rajendra Prasad’s observations that, generally speaking the Government of India has not been fair to the Sardar. Rajmohan writes :

    The establishment of independent India derived legitimacy and power, broadly speaking, from the exertions of three men, Gandhi, Nehru and Patel. But while its acknowledgements are fulsome in the case of Nehru, and dutiful in the case of Gandhi, they are niggardly in the case of Patel. “That there is today an India to think and talk about,” President Rajendra Prasad wrote in his diary on May 13, 1959, “is very largely due to Sardar Patel’s statesmanship and firm administration.” “Yet,” added Prasad, “we are apt to ignore him.” Falling in 1989, the centenary of Jawaharlal’s birth found expression on a thousand billboards, in commemorative TV serials, in festivals and on numerous other platforms. Occurring on October 31, 1975 – four months after Emergency had been declared, the Patel centenary was, by contrast, wholly neglected by official India and by the rest of the Establishment, and since then the curtain drawn on the life of one of modern India’s most remarkable sons has been only occasionally and partially lifted. To fling it wide and let today’s generation see Vallabhbhai Patel’s life is my privilege. It is not a perfect man’s life and I have neither wanted nor tried to hide Patel’s imperfections. But some at least may feel after knowing his life that Patel is a man to remember gratefully in good times and as a benchmark of India’s potential when the times seem depressing or daunting.

    Whether or not Gandhi was unjust to Patel when the moment arrived to select free India’s first Premier is a question that frequently crops up. The answer disclosed by my inquiry will be found in these pages. But the opinion of some that the Mahatma had been less than fair to Vallabhbhai was a factor in my decision to attempt to write the latter’s life. If a wrong had been perpetrated, some reparation from one of the Mahatma’s grandsons would be in order. In addition I seek to discharge the obligation of a citizen to a founder of his nation.

    I may be allowed also to refer to a personal contact, though of the slenderest kind and occurring when I was 14. Some time in 1949, during a visit that my parents, siblings and I made to 1 Aurangzeb Road – the Sardar’s home in New Delhi -, I somehow found myself alone with him on his lawn. We sat in chairs facing each other and about six feet apart. He was smiling at me with his lips and his eyes – mocking and inspecting me, I thought. I felt uncomfortable and wanted to take my eyes off him but did not – I guess my pride came in the way. Then I chanced to look more closely into his eyes and noticed affection in them. From that moment I knew that the Iron Man had a warm heart.

    For Rajmohan, Gandhiji’s grandson, virtually to say openly that Gandhiji had perhaps not been right in the decision he took about Prime Ministership, and, so merited some ‘reparation’ from one of his grandsons not only revealed his own greatness and magnanimity but also endorsed the general view that Sardar would have been a more appropriate choice.

    TAILPIECE

    This book by Rajmohan Gandhi has also effectively nailed the Congress Party’s slanderous campaign against the RSS in respect of Mahatmaji’s assassination.

    At page 472, the author has quoted the letter dated 27.02.1948 written by Sardar Patel to Jawahar Lal Nehru, which is being quoted below:

    “I have kept myself almost in daily touch with the progress of the investigation regarding Bapu’s assassination case. I devote a large part of my evening to discussing with Sanjeevi (head of intelligence and I.G. of Police, Delhi) the day’s progress and giving instructions to him on any points that arise.

    All the accused have given long and detailed statements… It emerges clearly from these statements that the RSS was not involved in it at all.”

    L.K. ADVANI

    New Delhi

    March 12, 2014

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    Re: Blog : Shri l.k. Advani on "mahatma was perhaps not right, says ra

    Nehru felt he was bigger than India.

    He put his own reputation before the interest of India.

    Kashmir, Coco Island, Tibet and Aksai Chin!

    All given away so that he was recognised as a great international Joeso!

    And because of his legacy, India bleeds!

    Patel indeed ensured that India was not a moth eaten India with holes all over!
     
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    If only Indian history had Patel and not the "mahatma" and Nehru,India would have been a different country today.
    1962 Sino-Indian war would be another example of how Nehru had been irresponsible.Despite repeated warning from Sardar Patel which fell on deaf ears,Nehru believed in sugar coated lies of Chinese and this gave us our humiliating loss.
     

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