The nation is remembering its first Prime Minister on his death anniversary. In today’s time when no one is untouched by politics, the family of the first PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is struggling to retain its lost aura.
The first PM was known for his intelligence, speeches, books and his fondness for children. The prefix “Chacha” before Nehru got famous because of his friendly interactions with children. India celebrates his birthday as Children’s day. But today, on his death anniversary nation is remembering Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in different ways. These different ways are raising questions about history.
Right now when Congress and BJP are not leaving a single opportunity to bring each other down, even the dead are not spared. The death anniversary of his Grandson Rajiv Gandhi remained controversial this year as well.
On one hand people are calling him the constructor of the nation and on the other hand, some are questioning his decisions like sending Kashmir issue to the United Nations. Current PM Narendra Modi posted a tribute post on the death anniversary of the first PM.
Rahul Gandhi too posted about his Great Grandfather. He said that while some nations after independence switched to dictatorship it was Pandit Nehru who protected the democratic values and united India.
The Nehru-Gandhi family is defending history while the nation is questioning their 60-year long governance tenure.
Midst of all the political chaos we can remember some of his speeches and take inspiration.
“Freedom and power bring responsibility. The responsibility rests upon this assembly, a sovereign body representing the sovereign people of India. Before the birth of freedom, we have endured all the pains of labour and our hearts are heavy with the memory of this sorrow. Some of those pains continue even now. Nevertheless, the past is over and it is the future that beckons to us now.”
– Tryst with destiny, an excerpt from a speech of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru to the Indian constituent assembly on the eve of Independence of India.
Article contributed by Renu Kotwal