Democracy is thousands of years old in India, no credit to Nehru, PM takes recourse to historic research

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The reply of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to the joint address of the President in Parliament was rather a campaign speech that may be repeated by him in the coming state elections, bypolls and of course on the eve of the 2019 elections. Instead of giving the account of his government and replies to the questions raised by the opposition, his stress was on finding faults with the Congress regimes. The Congress President Rahul Gandhi rightly remarked that he spoke like an opposition leader and not as a Prime Minister. His anger is justified because his party candidates were miserably defeated in Rajasthan at the hands of the Congress.

Everyone knows that the independent India chose democracy as the way of government. Not only Pandit Jawharlal Nehru but also members of the constituent assembly and the chairman of the draft committee of the constitution B R Ambedkar adopted it. Ignoring this fact the Prime Minister said the credit should not be given to Nehru and the democratic traditions were deeply rooted in India. It is the work of hard research that he gave the names of some pre-historic regimes which according to him were adopting democratic traditions. But historic facts established that emperors and rajas ruled the country and the other parts of the world for thousands of years. Only to criticize Pandit Nehru, Modi had to do the research work. The bias against Nehru and the Congress is in the DNA of the RSS and the BJP. However one should congratulate him for this bit of research on Indian history.

The creation of the Telangana state was the logical conclusion of the long struggle of the people of the region. Sonia Gandhi did justice to the people of the region. The PM blamed the Congress for the partition of Andhra Pradesh. This way the country’s partition was the compulsion of the circumstances. Pandit Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel unwillingly accepted this compulsion against the wishes of Mahatma Gandhi and Abul Kalam Azad. The PM while laying the blame at Nehru’s door again acted ritually to his party’s bias against the Congress.

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