WHY NEHRU MATTERS MORE THAN EVER: NEERA CHANDHOKE
Why Nehru matters more than ever: The Hindu, August 8, 2017
This refers to Neera Chandhoke’s insightful piece on the relevance of Jawaharlal Nehru today (The Hindu, “Why Nehru matters more than ever today”, August 8). It’s ridiculous to make efforts to reinvent history with every political change at the helm of affairs of any country. The conscious blacking out of historical events or role of national leaders like Nehru from speeches at solemn occasions like Independence/Republic day or swearing in ceremony of the President or substituting the names of such leaders with allegedly coloured motives smacks immaturity of mindset.
Having said that, we have to also concede that, as a nation, we have not preserved the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru in a befitting manner. Lest misunderstood, the regret is not about ‘memorials’. Both these leaders had clarity in their visions about the future of India. The political party which owed its existence to these leaders, and the government which owed its birth to them, strayed away from the teachings of Gandhi and guidance of Nehru as soon as possible after their departure from the scene. Congress and ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ are paying the price for that neglect today.
M G Warrier, Mumbai