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Celebrating Nehru? Well, Almost

The web version of this article corrects a few errors that appeared in the print  edition.


Forget our inability to work on the unfulfi lled possibilities of the Nehru period, the new Chinese leadership seems to view Nehruvian politics positively and has proposed a Nehru museum in the city of Chong Qing. Could this be the Chinese way of extending us an invitation to work towards ushering in the "Asian century"?

This is about the Nehru memorial in Chong Qing, or Chungking, to use a more familiar but incorrect name from the colonial times. We live in the times of Sonia and Rahul. The only person that matters to them, if at all, is Indira Gandhi. Otherwise, the Gandhi family has always lived in the present. So whenever a Nehru-Gandhi comes into power he/she forgets the predecessor as soon as possible. The family seems to have made forgetfulness of history into almost an act of devotion. In the days of Indira Gandhi’s supremacy, ­Jawaharlal Nehru was gradually forgotten. You found the references to him in the Congress slogans dwindling as the time passed. Even in the party’s ideo­logical world Nehru began to feature less and less. Indira Gandhi’s world was power-oriented. It did not believe in any ideology except that of power and ­manipulation or so it seemed.

China to the Rescue

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