Well, we all know Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru as a passionate Indian freedom fighter, who later went on to became the first Prime Minister of India. He served the nation for almost 17 successive years (1947 – 1964) and remained as the most dominating political names of 20th century. Nehru just loved kids and depicted them with a rose on his jacket.
Perhaps, all this is already known about Pandit Nehru. To find out things about him most people don’t know, keep reading
7. Joe – Who Feared Mathematics
Commonly known as the silver spoon boy, Nehru went to England and completed his studies at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. His classmates there could not pronounce his long him, and nicknamed him “Joe Nehru.”
Besides, begin a wannabe ICS, Joe studied natural sciences during his years at the Trinity College. He was weak in math and requested a permission to study botany as an alternative while completing his Law Degree from Inner Temple.
6. His Famous Closed Neck Jacket
Complementing his dynamic personality was the iconic Nehru jacket, which was popularly labeled as “Band Galle ka Coat”. It was designed a bit shorter and wasn’t similar to traditional Achkan or sherwani.
As Mr. Nehru’s popularity escalated, the dress code was named after him as Nehru jacket and became a popular trend among Indians.
5. Nehru’s Love For Writing
Renowned for his brilliant writing skills, Pandit Nehru always has a flare to put pen to paper and share his opinionson almost every subject. “The Discovery of India” is perhaps one of his finest works that beautifully depicts the journey of India, from the times of the Indus Civilization to the Indian Independence.
Pandit Nehru also authored a book during his four year imprisonment after the Quit India Movement. His autobiography – “Toward Freedom” narrated his experiences during the civil disobedience. Besides, Nehru wrote letters to her daughter Indira while she was in a boarding school in Mussoorie.
4. The Most Nationalistic Funeral Ever
Pandit Nehru died on 27th May 1964 due to a heart attack, but his funeral ceremony was a glorified event. The worthy first Prime Minister of India was honored with a gun carriage for a state funeral. His dead body was draped in Indian Tricolor National Flag with gathering chants of RaghupatiRaghavaRajaram.
This was inevitability the most deferential funerals ever in the history of India and is only shared by Noble Prize achiever Mother Teresa.
3. A Black Horse In Noble Peace Prize Race
Even though Mahatma Gandhi was the icon to the Non-Violence moment against the overshadowing British Empire, it was Pandit Nehru who led the race for the Noble Peace prize.
Remarkably, since 1955, Nehru was nominated 11 times for this prestigious award by several agencies. However, similar to his Guru Gandhi (five times nominee), Nehru wasn’t fortunate enough to grab the title.
2. His Inaugural Address To The Nation
“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom”. With these words, Pandit Nehru addressed the nation and the inaugural speech was titled as – “A Tryst with Destiny”. The speech depicted the end of British Empire in India and addressed the nation to its hard fought freedom.
However, it was the decision over partition that is still questioned as Nehru’s hunger for administration. Several politicians and national reformers disagreed with his decision to a form a new state from Sindh and Bengal, but Nehru did what he wanted for his reign.
1. The Dark Side Of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Mr. Nehru, Pandit Ji or Chacha Nehru will always be remembered as a soft spoken personality, who loved kids and had a vision to make India a world power. However, it was his negative persona and self-centered perspective that depicted the darker side of Pandit Nehru.
Although, Nehru was a keen follower and a supporter of Gandhi’s approach to freedom, he was a silent supporter to pre-independence partition. Besides, Nehru neglected the collapsing relationships with China and the nation had to payback for it with thousand innocent lives in the War of 1962.
During India’s struggle for the independence, love rumors about Nehru and Lady Mountbatten also grew stronger. However, in a letter from Lord Mountbatten to his daughter, he mentions about relationship of Nehru and Edwina.