Romantic side of ‘Chacha Nehru’

via Premendra Agarwal published on June 30, 2007

Pt Nehru’s youngest sister Krishna Nehru Hutheesing said that Pt Nehru was westerned cultured little dictator.  The CIA documents paint Nehru as a naïve and romantic statesman who trusted the Chinese which turned into Indo-China War. Photo of Lady Mountbatten and Nehru lighting cigarettes of each other tells the truth.

In my school life I saw a poster hanging on the wall of my class with a quote of Netaji Subhash Bose: “Instead of cigarette, I want to see pistol in the hands of the students” There are contiuious alleations that Nehru might had some involvement in the death of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. If Netaji was alive Nehru couldn’t be Prime minister of India.

When Jawahar talks in his sleep, he speaks in English: Mahatma Gandhi

“How un-Indian the greatest Indian leader and first Prime Minister is,” reflects his sister, telling of his upbringing amid a wealthy family that sent to England for its clothes (Nehru wore European suits until his micros); of Nehru’s longstanding passion for chocolate cake, pies and ice-cream sundaes; and of his continuing preference for English friends (like Lord and Lady Mountbatten) . “It was Gandhi who once jokingly said, ‘When Jawahar talks in his sleep, he speaks in English.

Edwina Mountbatten affairs with Pt Nehru

Lady Mountbatten reportedly had affairs with Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and American actor-singer Paul Robeson. A lot of attention is paid passim to Nehru’s affair with Edwina Mount- batten, resulting in the fact that ” Nehru’s daughter Indira hated her.And both Mountbatten daughters have candidly acknowledged that their mother had a fiery temperament and was not always supportive of her husband when jealousy of his high profile overbore a sense of their having common cause. Mountbatten himself carried on affairs with lovers of both sexes and that he was widely known in the military as “Mountbottom”

“While her husband, appointed the last viceroy of India , hammered out the terms of India ‘s independence and partition, she experienced a passionate union of souls with Nehru, the great unfulfilled love of her life. Morgan ( Agatha Christie ) had unique access to the hundreds of letters Edwina and Nehru wrote to each other until her death in 1960.” Written in the book ‘ Edwina Mountbatten: A Life of Her Own’

Nehru’s romance with Kashmir

As the media report of Feb 11, 2007 a special and rare exhibition photos’ Pt Nehru was held on in the Jammu University’s campus. The exhibit is titled ‘Nehru in Kashmir’ and is based on the works of Veteran photographer Sati Sahni There is also a rare photo of Pt Nehru with his friend Lady Edwina Mountbatten in March 1949, at Chashmashahi Guest House as he is explaining the breathtaking beauty of Dal Lake from a vantage position.

“Nehru: A Tryst with Destiny”

I recall a review of the book “Nehru: A Tryst with Destiny”of Stanley Wolpert which said: details Nehru’s personal life, including the early death of his wife and his long affair with Edwina Mountbatten, the wife of the last British viceroy of India . There are the love letters between Nehru and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, and other private papers “still locked away by foolish heirs and self-appointed guardians.” Still, he convincingly goes beneath Nehru’s exalted image to reveal some pesky demons.

CIA on Romantic Pt Nehru

CIA documents on the India-China border dispute that were declassified on June 28, 2007 offer insights on how the US intelligence agency viewed the former Soviet Union and China in the darkest days of the Cold War.

Caesar-Polo- Esau papers

One set of documents called the Caesar-Polo- Esau papers deal extensively with the communist regimes in the former Soviet Union and China , and the American reading of their policies. Suicidal slogan of “Hindi Chini bhai bhai” is still going on by the unholy alliance of Communists and Congress.

In the three chapters dealing with the India-China border spat, CIA analysts suggest that Beijing and its then premier Zhou en Lai  consistently fooled Nehru and India through procrastination and dissembling.

The CIA documents paint Nehru as a naïve and romantic statesman who trusted the Chinese. They claim the Indian leader kept disagreements on the border issue out of the public domain to maintain his relationship with Chou.

Here it is notable that Nehru also remarked on Americans like that. Nehru still “admires Britain more than any other nation,” Mrs. Hutheesing reports, and respects and admires some Americans. But Nehru thinks Americans are generally “a very rich, childish and naive people, still in their infancy so far as diplomacy go.”

The Chinese plan to dupe Nehru had actually been in operation right through the 1950s, the CIA says. ‘In New Delhi in November-December 1956, Chou sought to create the impression with Nehru that Beijing would accept the McMahon line, but again his language was equivocal, and what he conceded with his left hand, he retrieved with his right.’

Such was Nehru’s trust of China and Zhou , the CIA says, that he dismissed a letter from then Burmese premier Ba Swe, warning him to be cautious in dealing with Zhou. Nehru declared Zhou to be an honourable man.

Not Casear but little dictator Nehru

Anonymous Confession: Mrs. Hutheesing quotes revealingly from an article, Nehru wrote anonymously about himself in 1937. Disguising himself in the third person, Nehru wrote:


 “… Jawahar, with all their capacity for great and good work, are unsafe in a democracy. He calls himself a democrat and a socialist and no doubt he does so in all earnestness, but every psychologist knows that the mind is, ultimately, slave to the heart . . . A little twist and Nehru might turn dictator, sweeping aside the paraphernalia of a slow-moving democracy . . . Jawahar has all the makings of a dictator in him—vast popularity, a strong will, ability, hardness, an intolerance of others and a certain contempt for the weak and the inefficient . . . In this revolutionary epoch, Caesarism is always at the door. Is it not possible that Jawahar might fancy himself as a Caesar?”

Mrs Hutheesing is convinced that power “has not corrupted Jawahar,” but “has had the effect of perhaps coarsening him to some extent. He was always inclined to be a little dictatorial . . . but nowadays he brooks no criticism and will not even suffer advice gladly. He is highly conscious of his place in history . . . Jawahar is ambitious for India. Whether his one-man control . . . has made him a benevolent despot is a matter of opinion.” Nehru’s sister concludes: “In the eyes of the world, he is undoubtedly the only man in India who can guide and control her destiny in these difficult times. Nevertheless, there is danger for him and for India if he is spoiled too much with adulation.


In his own words, ‘It must be checked. We want no Caesars!’ ”

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