New BJP’s New India & Nehru || Midweek Matters 27 || Parakala Prabhakar​

New BJP’s New India & Nehru || Midweek Matters 27 || Parakala Prabhakar​

[Music] hello and welcome to midweek matters let us not miss the unmistakable science of the unfolding of new india we have a colorful sound and light show in jalen walabad turning the memorial into a theme park with murals and shiny flooring a muslim bangle vendor is thrashed another one selling dosas in a dhaba named after a hindu god is wrapped up and his premises vandalized another one is beaten and forced to chant jaishnira a rampant mob marches on the streets of our national capital shouting [Music] hindustan cautions the hindus to beware of muslim electricians door-to-door salesmen delivery persons lest they seduce hindu housewives he also says that women in politics including those in the ruling bjp are requires concubines of male leaders an all india service officer instructs his men to break the heads of agitating farmers the state’s cm defends him saying that he is just used wrong language but it is necessary to be strict an adivasi man dies from injuries after he was tied to a truck and dragged on the road as the country is processing these rapidly happening events and attacks funding body indian council for historical research omits jawaharlal nehru from its poster marking the 75th anniversary of india’s independence azadika amrit mahotsav the poster on the landing page of its portal has gandhiji babu rajendra prasad subhash chandra bose sardar vallambhai patel biaram baker pandit mother mohan malibiya veer sawarkar and bhagat singh today i want to talk about the extraordinary act of omission of jawaharlal nehru from the amrit mahatsu posted by ic hr and point out its pettiness [Music] i would contrast this brazen attempt by the funding body and its minders with the assessment of nehru by his colleagues and those the architects of new india claim to draw inspiration from it is important to see what the ichr has done in the context of the seemingly sporadic and unconnected incidents of violence against and intimidation of small helpless persons by the hindutva’s allots for what the academic funding institution under the dispensation the new dispensation has attempted to do in the domain of history and what is being done on the streets by its ideological food soldiers are integral parts of one single project called new india one doesn’t have to be an admirer of jawaharlal nehru or agree with his ideas to acknowledge his extraordinary contribution to our nation’s struggle for freedom acknowledging his contribution does not in any way take away the contribution of any of his contemporaries and colleagues none of his colleagues and contemplates have ever tried to be little nehru they might not have agreed with him all the time nor he with them even those who are much younger to him and those who had a completely divergent vision for india from his have not said a word to cast aspersions on his commitment to the nation please bear with me while i quote at length from what two of his illustrious contemporaries wrote about him on the occasion of nehru’s 60th birthday in november 1949 a volume titled nehru abhinandan granth was brought out the editorial board consisted of among others dr rajendra prasad pursuatim das for some reason the volume is not easily available nor is it widely known what is remarkable about the writings in the volume is the absence of any tone of psycho fancy in them people like sadar patel babu rajendra prasad wrote candid pieces about what they thought of negro they were forthright yet gracefully in their assessment of nehru the stature of each one of them was as tall as that of his their contribution as mighty as his and yet they ungrudgingly admired him and recognized his primacy they did not feel that acknowledging his greatness would in any way diminish them they were secure politically and psychologically however they did not mince words in pointing out his impatience his tendency to throw temper they were not hesitant to mention the points of their disagreements or uneasiness with him please take a look at the volume when you get time you can get it in archive.org that is a-r-c-h-i-v-e dot o-r-g [Music] let me start with what sandhar patel had said about nehru patel wrote jawaharlal and i have been fellow members of the congress soldiers in the struggle for freedom devoted followers of the great master co-sharers in the great and honors burden of administration of this vast country none knows better than myself how much he has labored for this country in the last two years of our difficult existence in an important passage that is perhaps more relevant today than when he wrote it he said as one elder in years it has been my privilege to tender advice to him on the manifold problems with which we faced in both administrative and organizational fields i have always found him willing to seek and ready to take it contrary to the impression created by some interested persons and eagerly accepted incredulous circles we have worked together as lifelong friends and colleagues adjusting ourselves to each other’s point of view as the occasion demanded and valuing each other’s advice as only those who have confidence in each other can this actually is enough of a wrap on the knuckles to those who are trying to pit patel and nehru against each other for their pity political project let me also read out to show the way patel described nehru in the same piece of writing according to him nehru was the idol of the nation the leader of the people the prime minister of the country and the hero of the masses whose noble record and great achievements are an open book patel was under no compulsion or obligation to describe nehru in such glowing terms he was not a man who was casual with words the present dispensation claims that patel has its idol but patel was not for diminishing nehru let me now bring to you what babu rajendra prasad said the history of bharat during the last 30 years or more is inextricably intertwined with the life and activity of jawaharlal nehru he has been in the forefront of the struggle for freedom of the country the congress had adopted as its objective the attainment of swaraj rajenbabu and for that the first article of the congress constitution had to be amended he said there is no doubt that jawaharlal nehru was largely responsible for the amendment of the congress constitution he was referring to the lahore congress session of 1929 presided over by nehru in which the congress declared that swaraj was its goal rajendra prasad was not for diminishing nehru and today our council for historical research chooses to omit that nehru from its poster there cannot be another person who disagreed more vehemently with nehru than ms goldwalker the then sarsangalak of tarashriya swam sevaksang guru golvarkar called nehru a great son of india goldwalker was not for diminishing negro evidently ichr of new india is unimpressed by the second sarsagachalak’s assessment of eru let me also give you atal bihari vajpayee’s he spoke on foreign [Music] these words of the first bjp prime minister of india have no value for the new india’s ichr and its minders in the same speech vajpayee [Music] [Music] foreign vajpayee was not for diminishing nero there were many critics of nehru during his lifetime and after from the political right to the left from rajaji to jay prakash narayan from balraj madhuk to ramana aloha sa dange and pc joshi they were unsparing or nehru on several policy issues but none of them ever denied his place in history his contribution to our freedom struggle and his role in the building of a modern india none of them was for diminishing error old india disagreed with nehru but it has not diminished him it has not doctored him out of the annals of a freedom movement new bjps new india does paradoxically the architects of this new india project need nehru and do not need nehru at the same time nehru’s presence reminds them of their absence in the nation’s freedom movement it reminds them of their dwarfed political existence in the post-independence india for which they think he was largely responsible therefore nehru should be doctored out diminished and position patel as their surrogate and project him as the counterpoint to nehru but it also needs nehru to blame him for their own ineptitude and inability to blame him for the present ills of the country to blame him as the reason for their failures for their unforced errors to portray him as a symbol of the other and to keep the hate-filled othering process alive the diminishing and doctrine of nehru by ichr on the one hand and hate speech vandalism and lynchings that we see happening every day on the other are thus an integral part of the new india of the new bjp not surprisingly its poster boys are the likes of yati narasimhanan and ramanuja do not inspire its architects understandably the teachings of kancha paramacharya and sri aurobindo have absolutely no use for the new india project but unfortunately those who see themselves as good hindus unwittingly sign up to hindutva the muscular and hateful impersonator of a sublime philosophy of peace harmony and tolerance with a plurality of spiritual devotional ritual and social practices that’s the sad aspect of the identity based new india project that’s all for this week we’ll be back again next week wednesday lunch time at one o’clock stay safe and do take good care of yourselves and all your loved ones until then bye [Music] you
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New BJP\'s New India & Nehru || Midweek Matters 27 || Parakala Prabhakar​

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