For any Indian brought up in Nehrus’s India it is hard to imagine, believe anything other than a democracy.
JAWAHARLALNEHRU was composite personality of erudition, rationality, diversity, humanity and above all a true liberal democrat.
India’s first PM was his own vocal critic .That served democracy well and became his guide line to keep check over executive power being more than just constitutional .
Under the pseudonym of Chanakya he wrote in Mdern Review “ A little twist and Jawahar lal might turn a dictator sweeping aside the paraphernalia of a slow moving democracy. He might still use the language and slogan of democracy and socialism, but we all know how fascism has fattened on this language and then cast it away as useless lumber”
Indian Republic was fortunate in its teething years of 17years to be steered by non other than Nehru , a great man immensely honest and dedicated to the cause of building a strong India , thus winning the faith of countless Indians despite facing a relentless campaign against him for not being culturally rooted so on and so forth.
It was his this typical ability to deliberate on his own shortcomings that stood him in good stead to lead the young Indian democracy to great heights.
The greatness and popularity of Pt Jawahar lal Nehru was insurmountable in Indandacross the world., hence could not be gauged by any gadget and it is beyond the comprehension of the present generation to fathom the veracity ,magnanimity of his greatness, compassion and love for the nation.
Though JAWAHAR LAL NEHRU being strong liberal nationalist was a rationalist as well.
His agile mind’s spiritual quest was strong and he was quite adept in the philosophy of the Vedanta.
He wrote “ I can appreciate to some extent the conception of monism ,and I have been attracted towards the advaita (non- dualist)philosophy. The diversity and fullness of nature stir me and produce harmony of the spirit, and I can imagine feeling myself at home in the old Indian pantheist atmosphere.”
He abhorred the superstitious and dogmatic beliefs. he believed in ethical approach rather than demonstrating some particular doctrines.
With his scientific temper and progressive thoughts he ushered India into technological era rather than seeping in completely in the tradition. He blended modernism into dynamism of taditions and thus pulled off successfully all the sectors of society towards progress and prosperity.
Along with the institutes of technological and nuclear energy he created autonomous institutes of drama ,fine arts, music films . He set up space launching center ISRO currently making voyages into space and onto the other planets like Moon and Mars.
currently with the inputs from the Govt and people India is really on the march towards being one of the top Nations in the world.
Now on his 130th birth anniversary, children’s day we need Nehru’s teachings of brotherhood, unity to propel India towards prosperity progress and overcome the fissiparous tendencies to break away from the idea of inclusive India.
JAWAHARLAL “the jewel of India” as Mahatma Gandhi called him did not disappoint either Gandhiji or the people of this great Nation.