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Nehru Vanishes from Indian History



Narendra Modi has been trying every trick up his sleeve to make Nehru vanish from India’s history. He removed the first Prime Minister from every possible place including his residence Teen Murti Bhavan. He bulldozed the Delhi that Nehru inherited and nurtured and is replacing it with the Central Vista. Now with the help of the Indian Council of Historical Research he has deleted Nehru from the galaxy of freedom fighters. The latest posters brought out by that institution which is now populated by Modi’s handpicked bhakts have deliberately chosen to omit Nehru.

I have never been able to understand why Modi hates Nehru so much. Is it the fear and envy of a pigmy brain when confronted with an intellectual giant? It could be that and more. In fact, it’s not only Modi but also the majority of his party people who seem to hate Nehru for reasons that only their gods may understand.  

Today’s New Indian Express editorial, ICHR once again invites scorn upon itself, ridicules this fear of Nehru. It is Nehru who built up the new India into a solid republic, says the editorial and mocks the attempts of puny-minded ‘historians’ who take a pickaxe to the very foundation of that Republic.

What has Modi done in his seven years of reign except commit blunder after blunder and blame Nehru for everything including Modi’s own blunders? Shashi Tharoor rightly reacted to this new poster controversy saying, “Leave the past alone, work for the future. You messed the present. Now do something to protect the future of this country.”

Modi’s obsession with the past has become nauseating. That obsession has taken the country to the brink of a catastrophe. Probably the man has no idea how to run this country, how to deal with its real present problems, how to secure his own place in history. Hence he keeps trying to belittle the really great people. It won’t work, however. History has its own devious ways of wreaking vengeance and when it hits back as it surely will Mr Modi will not have the fortune of a bubble in the face of a raging storm.

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  1. You are right in asserting that this man has no idea as to how to run this country. In fact, he has no desire that this country should be run in an appropriate manner. This narcissistic person loves his power only, neither the country nor the countrymen. His political successes have led him to feel that he is know-it-all and all others are no match for his intelligence (?). He belittles not only J.L. Nehru but his complete dynasty because that act of his (supposedly) makes him taller in the eyes of his supporters. Besides, he is always in need of a soft target to attack so as to prove his own might and to his good luck, this family is now a soft target only. As far as his Bhakts are concerned, their issue is slightly different in case they use their mind (instead of pawning it with their great leader). J.L. Nehru was the only person in his dynasty right from his father to his great-grandson who could be called secular in the true sense of the term. He always placed reason and rationale, principles of equity and justice and above all, humanity and humanitarian values before religion and he never embraced any religion in his personal life. Quite naturally, the Bhakts of the present ruler who are soaked in religion (or religious practices) have to disregard the first prime minister of India.

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    1. Agree with you totally, Jitenderji. Little minds that think too big of themselves have this problem: they have to belittle the big minds that went before them. Otherwise their stature will be zilch in comparison. It's our tragedy as a nation that we have a man of this nature as our PM, elected not once but twice. It tells much about ourselves too.

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  3. Hari OM
    ...No country or people who are slaves to dogma and dogmatic mentality can progress, and unhappily our country and people have become extraordinarily dogmatic and little-minded.... (Souce.)

    As Mathur-ji says above, it is to be strongly suspected the secularism and true statesmanship of Nehru is the trouble for Modi to cope with. And how delusional does someone have to be to think they can blank history this way? No. I agree with your final sentence... YAM xx

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    1. The worst part of all this is that the nation has been corrupted. There's now a large section of India's population whose thinking has been vitiated by the propaganda of Modi's IT cell. How many years will it take for another person to cleanse the nation of all such filth that has entered its very soul?

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    2. Hari OM
      ...though it has to be admitted and accepted that the very fact such men can rise to the top is because there have always been elements in society who have thought this way. It never goes away as such, but does have to be contained. It is also a sad fact that in the containment ('cleansing') of the nation's soul, there are likely to be acts required that lessen the soul of those doing the containing. Everything, in the end, is but compromise. Yxx

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