Nightmare of Nehruism: A Hindu Nationalist Perspective...

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  1. johnee

    johnee Elite Member Elite Member

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    Introduction:
    Jawaharlal Nehru, often referred to with the epithet of Panditji, is a large looming figure in Indian politics. He was the first PM of India and who has the record of being the longest serving PM till date. He ruled from 15 Aug, 1947 to 27 May, 1964. Such a long rule made him a critical figure in shaping the newly formed nation and its future path. Infact, even to this day, it is his legacy that is in rule.

    Indira Gandhi, daughter of Nehru, was annointed as PM of India from 1966 to 1977. During this time, she had tried to usurp the power by imposing the Emergency and was promptly ousted from the power by a large people's movement. However, the public memory is short. So, she returned to power 3 years later and ruled from 1980 to 1984. She was brutally assassinated by her bodyguard. Her rule is remembered for licence-raj.

    Indira Gandhi was succeeded by her son, Rajiv Gandhi, who was the PM of India from 1984 to 1989. His rule started with Anti-Sikh riots and eventually he lost power trapped in Bofor's scandal. However, to give him due credit he heralded telecommunications expansion and significantly reduced licence-raj. He was assassinated in 1991 by an LTTE suicide bomber.

    In 1991, after 44 years of India's independent nationhood, Nehru successors have been in power for 17(Nehru) + 15(Indira) + 5(Rajeev)=37 years.

    Today, Sonia Gandhi, widow of Rajiv Gandhi is the UPA chair-person, who have been in power from 2004, while her son Rahul Gandhi is tipped to be the next PM candidate of Congress.

    So, Nehru's influence continues to be seen to this day. Thus, he is a relevent topic for the modern day indians to understand and analyse.
     
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  3. Daredevil

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    What this has to do with Hindu perspective??. Why see everything through Hindu perspective and not Indian perspective?.
     
  4. johnee

    johnee Elite Member Elite Member

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    Basic info about Nehru:


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    Who is Nehru?
    Jawaharlal Nehru (14 November 1889 – 27 May 1964), often referred to with the epithet of Panditji, was was the first and longest-serving Prime Minister of independent India (1947–1964).

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    His family background:
    Jawaharlal Nehru was born to Motilal Nehru (1861–1931) and Swaroop Rani (1863–1954) in a Kashmiri Pandit family in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. He was educated in India and Britain. In England, he attended the independent boy's school, Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. During his time in Britain, Nehru was also known as Joe Nehru.

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    On 7 February 1916, Nehru married sixteen year old Kamala Kaul. In the first year of the marriage, Kamala gave birth to their only child, Indira Priyadarshini. Kamala gave birth to a boy in November 1924, but he was premature and died 2 days later. Kamala died from tuberculosis in Lausanne, Switzerland on 28 February 1936. Her daughter and her mother-in-law were by her side when she breathed her last. Kamala was cremated at the Lasagna Crematorium.

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    Political Heir of Gandhi:
    On 15 January 1941 Gandhi said, "Some say Pandit Nehru and I were estranged. It will require much more than difference of opinion to estrange us. We had differences from the time we became co-workers and yet I have said for some years and say so now that not Rajaji but Jawaharlal will be my successor."

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    Elected as PM:
    Nehru was elected by the Indian National Congress to assume office as independent India's first Prime Minister, and re-elected when the Congress Party won India's first general election in 1952. Nehru had led the Congress to a major victory in the 1957 elections, but his government was facing rising problems and criticism. In the 1962 elections, Nehru led the Congress to victory yet with a diminished majority. Opposition parties ranging from the right-wing Bharatiya Jana Sangh and Swatantra Party, socialists and the Communist Party of India performed well.

    Legacy:
    Non-Alignment Movement,
    UN resolutions on Kashmir,
    Forward policy ending with Indian defeat in 1962,
    Introducing dynastic Politics, sycophancy and nepotism in Indian political culture,
    Failed economic policy,
    Defining Secularism as anti-Hindu and Hindu as communal.
    Celebration of children's day on his birthday.
    Nehru cap dubbed as 'Gandhi' cap.


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    Controversy:
    His alleged affair with Edwina Mountbatten, wife of ife of Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India.

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    Awards:
    In 1955 Nehru was awarded with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour. Intrestingly, he was the reigning PM of India at that time. ;)

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    His famous book:
    Discovery of India.


    Landmark Speech:

    Tryst with Destiny was a speech made by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India. The speech was made to the Indian Constituent Assembly, on the eve of India's Independence, towards midnight on 14 August 1947.


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  5. pankaj nema

    pankaj nema Senior Member Senior Member

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    Hindu perspective is necessary because Hindus cannot be expected to suffer without raising
    their voice

    This was exactly what Nehru wanted .That Hindus should always show magnanimity

    In fact Nehru REBUKED RAJENDRA Prasad when Rajendra Prasad went for SOMNATH's Inaugration

    Ayodhya dispute is also the result of Nehru's vaccilation

    He was not balanced at all . All he wanted was to be in the GOOD books of history

    What can we say about a person who WANTED to disband the army

    His China policy is the biggest disaster that we have to endure

    Fortunately he belonged to Kashmir and this was the sole reason that Nehru wanted Kashmir with India

    If suppose Nehru was from some other state then He would HAVE GIFTED away Kashmir TOO
    just to earn some goodwill from Pakistan
     
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  6. johnee

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    Initially, I wanted to name it nationalist perspective. However, I had planned to post an excerpt from a book(auto-biography) of Sitaram Goel who is speaking from a hindu perspective. So, I altered the name. Anyway, it seems that Nehru, apart from many other things, was vehemently against 'Hindu communalism' or 'Hindu revivalism'. This angle cannot be explored without Hindu perspective. If Hindu perspective is considered general Indian perspective, then please change the title appropriately.

    BTW, if there is an analysis of Nehru from Hindu perspective, why not?
     
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    I am quoting excerpts from a chapter in auto-biography of Sita Ram Goel. These are interesting as they not only talk about Nehru, but also convey the mood of the nation and society of that time. BTW, do excuse the bias of Sita Ram Goel towards Abrahamic creeds like Islam and Christianity.

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    Just found a CT article on Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. I dont know what to believe and what not to. So, I am posting it here, anyway so that there is some discussion:

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    I dont know what to make of this article...
     
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