Five myths about Nehru- Part 1 and Legacy of Nehru Gandhi Dynasty


Preparing the red carpet for the Prime Minister

Preparing the red carpet for the Prime Minister (Photo credit: markhillary)

Gandhi and Nehru, Mumbai, July 6, 1946

Gandhi and Nehru, Mumbai, July 6, 1946 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Prime Minister Manmoh...

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (Photo credit: Leader Nancy Pelosi)

Συνάντηση με τον Γενικό Γραμματέα του Indian N...

Συνάντηση με τον Γενικό Γραμματέα του Indian National Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi (Photo credit: Πρωθυπουργός της Ελλάδας)

Συνάντηση με τον Γενικό Γραμματέα του Indian N...

Συνάντηση με τον Γενικό Γραμματέα του Indian National Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi (Photo credit: Πρωθυπουργός της Ελλάδας)

Indira Gandhi Memorial museum

Indira Gandhi Memorial museum (Photo credit: caribbeanfreephoto)

Indira Gandhi Memorial museum

Indira Gandhi Memorial museum (Photo credit: caribbeanfreephoto)

Indira Gandhi Memorial museum

Indira Gandhi Memorial museum (Photo credit: caribbeanfreephoto)

Gandhi and Nehru and refugees from the partition

Gandhi and Nehru and refugees from the partition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Русский: Встреча Николая Рериха с Джавахарлалом Неру и Индирой Ганди в имении Рерихов в Кулу, Индия) (справа: М.Юнус) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gandhi with Nehru in 1929.

Gandhi with Nehru in 1929. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bust of Nehru at Aldwych, London

Bust of Nehru at Aldwych, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The saree Indira Gandhi wore at the time of he...

The saree Indira Gandhi wore at the time of her death (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Indira Gandhi Memorial museum

Indira Gandhi Memorial museum (Photo credit: caribbeanfreephoto)

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Station Entrance

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Station Entrance (Photo credit: varunshiv)

Motilal Nehru, d. 1931, freedom fighter and fa...

Motilal Nehru, d. 1931, freedom fighter and father of Jawaharlal Nehru. - Indiens självständighetsrörelse Eftersom Motilal Nehru avled 1931 är bilden mer än 60 år gammal vilket är vad som krävs för PD-India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gandhi and Nehru

Gandhi and Nehru (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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NehruPanditIndiraEleanor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bahasa Indonesia: Kenangan Megawati Soekarnopu...

Bahasa Indonesia: Kenangan Megawati Soekarnoputri saat bermain sepeda bersama Guntur dan Soekarno ketika menerima kunjungan Jawaharlal Nehru. English: Indonesian President Sukarno with son Guntur Sukarnoputra and daughter Megawati Sukarnoputri while receiving Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gandhi with Nehru and Indira. Late 1930s.

Gandhi with Nehru and Indira. Late 1930s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rajiv Gandhi and R.L.Lakhina

Rajiv Gandhi and R.L.Lakhina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nehru and Gandhi at the opening of the Indian ...

Nehru and Gandhi at the opening of the Indian National Congress, 1937. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi (1917-1984...

Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. 1n 1966 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Indira Gandhi is elected as the first female P...

Indira Gandhi is elected as the first female Prime Minister of India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sonia Gandhi, Indian politician, president of ...

Sonia Gandhi, Indian politician, president of the Indian National Congress and the widow of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. Français : Sonia Gandhi, une femme politique indienne, présidente du parti du congrès indien, et veuve de Rajiv Gandhi, ancien premier ministre de l'Inde. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

IN this, the week of the 40th death anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, let us consider some of the myths that have gathered around his name and his legacy:

Jawaharlal Nehru, circa 1927

Jawaharlal Nehru, circa 1927 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Myth 1: Nehru promoted a `dynasty’

This myth draws support from the fact that Nehru’s daughter and grandson also served as Prime Minister, that his grand daughter-in-law has sought that post too, and, most recently, that her son, Nehru’s great-grandson, has joined politics as the heir-apparent of the Congress party.

In truth, Nehru had nothing to do with the “dynasty”. He had no idea, nor desire, that his daughter would become Prime Minister of India. It was Mrs. Indira Gandhi who converted the Indian National Congress into a family business. She first brought in her son Sanjay and, after his death, his brother Rajiv.

In each case, it was made clear that the son would succeed Mrs. Gandhi as head of Congress and head of Government. Thus, the “Nehru-Gandhi dynasty” should properly be known as the “(Indira) Gandhi'” dynasty.

 

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  2. Posted by Jlbhat on July 5, 2013 at 5:42 am

    It is true that Nehru never wanted his daughter Indra Ghandi to either join politics or at all be a minister, as is evident from Discovery of India or letters to her daughter written by late Nehru. But circumstances proved otherwise.

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