It has been 72 years since British India was partitioned into India and Pakistan in 1947. Apparently, there was an immense challenge for Mahatma Gandhi when it came to the nomination of the first prime minister for independent India. While no Congress committee elected Nehru’s name for the PM, they were favoring Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel for the post. However, Patel withdrew his name on the call of Gandhi and Nehru was chosen as the first prime minister for independent India. But in a surprising turn of events, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has made some shocking revelations from the time of partition that will make you look at history quite differently.
The 83-year-old monk was addressing an event in Goa when he revealed some unexpected information about Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi during the time of Indo-Pak partition. Dalai Lama claimed that India’s partition would not have happened if Muhammad Ali Jinnah would have been made the prime minister of the country as per Mahatma Gandhi’s wish. But this couldn’t happen because Jawaharlal Nehru did not approve to Jinnah becoming the PM of India.
Seemingly, while responding to the question from a student at the event, Dalai Lama said:
“I feel democratic systems are very good than the feudal system, which gives power of making decisions in the hands of a few people, which is more dangerous.”
Later in his comments, His Holiness Dalai Lama revealed that Nehru was very self-centered. Adding to his comments, the Tibetan monk said that Nehru was selfish enough such that he wanted to be the prime minister of the country.
His Holiness Dalai Lama said:
“Pandit Nehru was very experienced but sometimes mistakes do happen. Mahatma Gandhi wanted Jinnah to be the PM, but Nehru refused. India and Pakistan would have been united, had Jinnah been made the Prime Minister during that time.”
However, it appears like the tweeple have mixed responses to Dalai Lama’s comments on Jawaharlal Nehru. While one section is agreeing on the revelations made by the spiritual leader for Jawaharlal Nehru, there is another section of the Twitterati who are not-so-pleased with his remarks on the same:
Take a read at a few of the mixed reactions on Twitter:
His Holiness @DalaiLama should refrain from commenting on issues of no concern to him and on which he has not much knowledge. If Pandit Nehru opposed Bapu’s offer of PM post to Jinnah, Sardar Patel was much more adamantly against it.
— Tushar (@TusharG) August 9, 2018
Well, it is a late realization indeed!
Late realisation after 7 decades is intriguing . After enjoying all the fruits courtesy human gesture by Nehru to accuse in unsubstantiated manner is unfortunate . In any case India is better off as a nation rather than having hordes terrorists in undivided nation .
— Shyamal Sarkar (@Shyamal1751) August 9, 2018
Tell him that had Jinnah become PM of India, he wouldn’t have allowed Tibetan refugees including Dalai Lama into India . So at least he is better off with Nehru as first PM of India. Don’t have to interfere in the internal Affairs of a sovereign country.
— VM Friend (@martinv17) August 9, 2018
This man is creating trouble in absence of facts. he should worry about his own country.This is called #interference and #intrusion in internal affairs.Mind your business,, respect Nehru for having given #sanctuary to all your people.#Modi would have kicked out all.
— vijay banga (@lekh27) August 9, 2018
India & Pak would have stayed united but for Nehru: Dalai Lama
You would have spent all your life in Chinese prison but for Nehru.
Remember Nehru was one of the greatest statesman of 20 th century in extremely challenging time & situation https://t.co/jggnpYznDo
— shahid siddiqui (@shahid_siddiqui) August 9, 2018
With great respect his Holiness @DalaiLama is wrong that Nehru was celf centred&therefore opposed Gandhi’s suggestion of making Jinnah Prime Minister of India. The historical record suggests otherwise.May be it would be worth his while to peruse this link .https://t.co/IWAbsFTMpc
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) August 9, 2018
There is a reason for everything!
Dear Dalai Lama, there’s a reason why you’re a refugee in India, not Pak! Gandhi laid seeds for religion-based partition by backing Khilafat. Our bad luck that of all leaders, Gandhi, Nehru & Jinnah prevailed. Muslims got Pak, but Hindus still suffer due to incomplete partition pic.twitter.com/b8qgddOMq7
— गीतिका (@ggiittiikkaa) August 9, 2018
People are opposing the Dalai Lama’s thoughts as well!
— Sagar Salunke (@SalunkeSagarK) August 9, 2018
Here’s a difference in opinion!
What @DalaiLama has stated we already know. Britishers were in a hurry to handover so they used Mediocre & Ambitious Nehru /Jinha to finish the job catalyst being Gandhi, had they chosen to talk to Genius Bose/ Patel United India would have been a progressive & peaceful nation!
— Padmaja (@prettypadmaja) August 9, 2018
History is quite different than we know!
It was not Nehru, but you who is self centred @DalaiLama Ignorance can be pardoned, not the shamelessness. Nehru put this country’s security at risk to rescue you. Patel was the first to accept Partition, not Nehru. Come forward and apologize or await legal action
— Missing U, JLN (@apeksshha) August 8, 2018
Fail to understand why Dalai Lama is such a hero. Pontificates on everything where he has no skin in the game. Is in India well secured and well fed. Has taken no risk to free Tibet. Approaches China like Gandhi-Nehru approached Brits. Am I missing something here? #ThinkingAloud
— Shailendra Marathe (@maratheshail) August 9, 2018
Well, taking the discussion forward, the monk also spoke extensively on India’s ability to collaborate its traditional knowledge with modern perspectives of education. Dalai Lama said:
“India has a culture deeply rooted in tradition and knowledge. The land of ahimsa is a cauldron of traditional knowledge that includes the art of meditation, compassion, secularism and more. We need more people to come together and talk and debate on aspects linked to India’s ancient knowledge such as ahimsa and compassion. We also need to find ways to reduce conflict amongst ourselves.”
Taking you back in time, on the eve of India’s independence towards midnight on August 14, 1947, the first prime minister of independent India Jawaharlal Nehru spoke to the public through his speech ‘Tryst with Destiny’.