Five myths about Nehru- Part 2 and Legacy of Nehru Gandhi Dynasty


The Bharat Rathna Medal given to

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Nehru, Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, All India Congress Committee meeting, Bombay, 1946. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Myth 2: Nehru was an unworthy successor to Gandhi — in fact, he “betrayed” the Master, while the Master made a “mistake” in choosing him

This myth is comprehensively demolished by Rajmohan Gandhi in his book The Good Boatman. There, he shows that Gandhi preferred Nehru to the alternatives because he most reliably reflected the pluralist, inclusive idea of India that the Mahatma stood for. The alternatives — Patel, Rajaji, Azad, Kripalani, Rajendra Prasad — had, by contrast, somewhat sectional interests and affiliations. But Nehru was a Hindu who could be trusted by Muslims, a U.P. wallah who was respected in the South, a man who was admired by women — like Gandhi, and like no one else, he was a genuinely all-India leader.

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