New Delhi: Hailing the position of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in shaping India a contemporary nation-state, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday hit out on the Narendra Modi-led Central authorities, saying “nationalism” and the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ are being misused to assemble a militant and purely emotional concept of India.
Talking on the launch of a e-book on Jawaharlal Nehru’s works and speeches right here, Singh stated: “I am extremely happy that this book makes an effort to revisit Pandit Nehru. He had led this country in its volatile, formative days when we adopted democratic way of life, accommodating divergent social and political views.”
The previous Prime Minister stated that Nehru, who was very pleased with Indian heritage, “assimilated it”, and harmonised them into the wants of a “new modern” India.
“A great visionary, Nehruji laid the foundation for shaping India as a modern nation-state,” he stated.
Highlighting the works of the primary Prime Minister, Singh stated: “If India is recognized in the comity of nations as a vibrant democracy and, if it is considered as one of the important world powers, it was Nehru, who should be recognised as its main architect.”
He stated Nehru was not solely a statesman of excessive worldwide standing, however a terrific historian and literary determine too.
“With an inimitable style and a multi-linguist, Nehru laid the foundation of the universities, academies and cultural institutions of Modern India. But for Nehru’s leadership, Independent India would not have become what it is today,” he stated.
Taking an obvious dig on the BJP authorities, he stated: “However sadly, a piece of people that both shouldn’t have the endurance to learn historical past or wish to be intentionally guided by their prejudices, strive their greatest to image Nehru in a false gentle.
“However I’m certain, historical past has a capability to reject faux and false insinuations and put every little thing in correct perspective,” he stated.
He stated the e-book “Who is Bharat Mata” is such an try to set the narrative in the proper route.
Singh stated that deciding on applicable items from Nehruji’s works, the e-book justifies its title “Who is Bharat Mata?”
“As this e-book comprises a well timed assortment of writings by and on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru- the chief, who formed India and the Icon whose legacy is the topic of intense and infrequently offended response at this time.
The e-book additionally includes reminiscences and assessments of Nehru by a few of his contemporaries and close to contemporaries-among them, together with Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad, Aruna Asaf Ali, Sheikh Abdullah, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Ali Sardar Jafri, Baldev Singh, Martin Luther King Jr, Richard Attenborough, Lee Kuan Yew and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“It’s a e-book of explicit relevance at a time when nationalism and the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ are being misused to assemble a militant and purely emotional concept of India that excludes hundreds of thousands of residents and residents,” Singh stated attacking the BJP authorities.
The 2 time Prime Minister additional stated that within the pages of the fastidiously complied anthology-which additionally carries illuminating introductions by the authors Nehru emerges as a “remarkable man of ideas and action”, who had an instinctive understanding of India’s civilisational spirit and as a visionary with clear dedication to the promotion of scientific mood, who regardless of the compulsions of politics, remained a real democrat.
“His legacy continues to be of immense significance-perhaps more today than at any other time in our history,” he stated.
He additionally warned that “Nehru makes a very significant and time-relevant remark on the dangers of leaderships falling into a trap and getting removed far away from the common people whom they are supposed to serve”.
“In an atmosphere, when emotions are deliberately get provoked and the gullible are misled by false propaganda, misusing communication technology, this book makes a refreshing breakthrough,” Singh added.