Link to open it: Click to go to deccanchronicle.com/131106/news-politics etc.
Readers may be aware that BJP and Congress both want to claim the legacy of Late Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. BJP's bhIshma pitAmaha Shri L.K. Advani might have thought that it would be worthwhile to quote something which showed that Nehruji called Sardar Patel, a communalist. He made a long search for a book which contained some references relating to Central Cabinet's discussions before Police Action on the erstwhile Hyderabad ruler, the Nizam. With the help of one of his friends, he could at last trace a MalayALam book, a memoir of a 1947 batch IPS Officer, one Mr. M.K.K. Nair. Its English translation is in a stage of further editing and publication. The title of the book is “The Story of an Era Told without Ill Will”.
bhIshmapitAmaha, in his blog, extensively, quoted from the blog.
Link to the particular blog post of bhIshma pitAmaha:
Click to go to http://blog.lkadvani.in/blog-in-english/when-vp-menon-cornered-a-british-general.
I am writing my comments on bhIshma pitAmaha's blog here, because Mr. L.K. Advani's blog does not allow length exceeding 1000 characters. Besides, they seem not to accept anything which criticises Shri aDvaNi or BJP. Their moderation system is totally intolerant. They do not disclose their Email address, nor contact us when we give our Email address. Hence, I have no alternative, except placing my comments here. Of course, I leave my comment at their post, requesting them to have a look at this post. They will remove my comment, probably because audi alterim partem is not their policy.
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A look at the part of the text quoted at the particular Mr. Advani's blog post, a narration of what might have happened on 30th April 1948, indicates that it reflected the title of the book being without 'ill will'. So far so good.
The text also clearly indicates that there was no gulf between Nehru and Patel. Only one sentence was attributed to Nehru, which I quote here.
...At a cabinet meeting, Patel had described these things and demanded that army be sent to end the terror-regime in Hyderabad. Nehru who usually spoke calmly, peacefully and with international etiquette, spoke losing his composure,...
You are a total communalist. I will never accept your recommendation.
OK, it might have been true that Nehru lost his composure and parted with international etiquette. This can happen in heat of discussions.
We must appreciate that Nehru allowed Patel to frankly speak out his arguments. We must also appreciate that Patel had the courage to speak out his mind. They had no ill will or secret agendas against one another.
This type of frank and open discussion may not take place in Central Cabinet Meetings of today, whether under NDA or under UPA. Our Cabinet Ministers are all pawns for the PMs de jurie, de facto (official and unofficial PMs). We should be sad that "Gone were the days of Nehru and Patel".
Mr. Nair's narration also clearly shows that Nehru changed his mind and supported the police action, after he saw the news that two 70 year old nuns were molested by raZAkars. It was only a question of how much time a chemical may take to ignite. One chemical may take 25 seconds to ignite. Another chemical may take 25 minutes to reach a combustible temperature. Even on the same person, same trigger may provoke different reactions on different days, or at different hours on the same day.
The key element of Mr. Nair's narration quoted at Mr. aDvANi's blog, refers to a treacherous act committed by the army Indian Army Chief Mr. Busher, who passed on the news of impending police action to his Pakisthani counterpart in French language. It was the tapping of Mr. Busher's phone, which revealed his heinous espionage. It was that alertness exercised during the days of Patel and Nehru which should give us great joy, and not the petty differences between Nehru and Patel.
The following link to The Telegraph Daily dated 5th June 2005, depicts the opportunism displayed by Mr. aDvANi during his visit to karAchi.
Click this Link to The Telegraph dt 5.6.2005 in a new window.
Shri Advani received a guard of honor, given by PakisthAnI Navy. He was given all the pompacities extended to Heads of State. Shri aDvANiji might have been inflated and hoisted by pAkisthan to cloud nine, like Salya who was lifted by duryOdhana before kurukshEtra war . Hence it will be apt to quote what he wrote in the Jinnah Mausoleum's visitors' book. (This quote, kind courtesy The Telegraph).
There are many people who leave an inerasable stamp on history.” ... “But there are very few who actually create history. Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah was one such rare individual."
“In his early years, Sarojini Naidu, a leading luminary of India’s freedom struggle, described Mr Jinnah as an ‘ambassador of Hindu- Muslim unity’. His address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947, is really a classic, a forceful espousal of a secular state in which, while every citizen would be free to practise his own religion, the state shall make no distinction between one citizen and another on grounds of faith. My respectful homage to this great man.”
Shri aDvANi, the previous day, during his first day's visit to Pakisthan, criticised in Pakisthan, the demolition of Babri Masjid, which he had never done in India, and which his and Mr. Vajpayee's speeches seem to have promoted and prompted.
Jinna's Mausoleum gave him a brochure, which said:
“The necessity of a separate homeland became all the more vital as the Hindu majority made it increasingly difficult for the Muslims in India to live a free and unfettered life according to the tenets of Islam.' So within the short span of a few years, the Quaid rallied the Indian Muslims under the green flag of the (Muslim) League and gave the Pakistani movement a momentum which neither the British government nor the Indian Congress could contain.”
Gist: It is not easy to understand our bhIshma pitAmaha. We can understand Nehru and Patel.