Partition Would Not Have Happened If Nehru Had Not Been Selfish, Says Dalai Lama. But Tweeple Think Differently

1:27 pm 9 Aug, 2018


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:



Well, it is a late realization indeed!



Guess so!



Bringing trouble!






Of course!



There is a reason for everything!



People are opposing the Dalai Lama’s thoughts as well!



Here’s a difference in opinion!



History is quite different than we know!



Why, indeed!



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’.