How have the media been of late used to trash and tarnish his position, picture and legacy in India and worldwide space?
It’s one factor to criticise him over Kashmir or China, however what are you able to do about full falsehoods that are unfold on social media? I used to be shocked to see how in a single occasion they’ve picked up his photographs together with his nieces and sister from completely different moments in historical past to show he was a womanizer. It’s horrifying.
The lies are designed to feed into a really vicious agenda to challenge Nehru as a westerner, womanizer, alienated from Indian tradition or ‘bhartiyata’ and so on.
However one has to solely learn his “Discovery of India” to know simply how deep his information and appreciation of Indian historical past and tradition was, together with of the Vedas, the Upanishads and the epics.
I can assure no up to date chief, particularly those that declare to uphold Indian tradition, can match his information.
What are the books on Nehru that you’d advocate?
Nehru’s personal books are really easy to learn and accessible, one ought to begin there. There isn’t a higher introduction to Indian tradition and historical past, together with the traditional or so-called “Hindu” tradition, than Nehru’s ‘Discovery of India’ which additionally offers an perception to his ideas and views. It was written when he was in Ahmednagar Fort jail in 1944. He wrote in lengthy hand, the attractive manuscript is saved on the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, one ought to go and see it.
Learn his Autobiography, the place he’s continually arguing with Gandhiji. It exhibits the Indian freedom wrestle from inside and the way the closest comrades disagreed, debated, held dialogues, and constructed consensus. Additionally learn Glimpses of World Historical past, nonetheless among the many finest introductions to world historical past for college students. These three are classics.
(The video interview could be accessed on nationalheraldindia.com)