03 December, 2020

Like A Storm In A Gandhi Cap

The father of Indian democracy was a vain man, and could be quite a boor if he chose to

Like A Storm In A Gandhi Cap
Pandit Nehru should have been the role model for prime ministers of India. He was adored by the masses as much as Mahatma Gandhi. No other prime minister enjoyed the same public esteem. He was above prejudices of any kind: racial, religious or of caste. Being an agnostic, he refused to compromise his secular beliefs by indulging in ritual to gain acceptance. Though the Ganga meant much to him ("I see in its waters the story of India...the Ganga is a part of my life," he wrote), he refused to bathe at the Sangam on Kumbh Mela. He visited a few temples but only to admire their architecture and refused to worship any deities or accept prasad. He was convinced that religion had played a very negative role in Indian society. His successors exploited religious sentiment to gain political yardage. He was a visionary with precise notions of India of the future. Being a leader in the true sense of the term he forced Indians to accept, at times unwillingly, his ideas of modernising the country. He was the father of Indian constitutional democracy, of universal adult franchise, the five-year...


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