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.
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
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.