Nehru was adamant on PM post, India & Pak would have been united
On Wednesday, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said that India and Pakistan would have been united as one single nation today if it were not for the self centered attitude of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indias first PM
SAKHALI(GOA): On Wednesday, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said that India and Pakistan would have been united as one single nation today if it were not for the self centered attitude of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first PM.
He said, “When you look back in India, I think Mahatma Gandhiji was very much willing to give the post of PM to Munammad Ali Jinnah, but Pandit Nehru refused. I think Pandit Nehru had a little bit of self centered attitude, 'I should be the PM'. If Gandhiji's thinking had materialised, then India and Pakistan would have remained united.”
“I knew Nehru very well personally and he was a very well experienced person otherwise. But sometimes mistakes also happen. So, ultimately responsibility is on your own shoulders. Analyse, analyse. Then take decision,” he added.
Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister in 1959 when the Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet and was given asylum in India. Many Tibetans followed him to India. “Then, the power of decision making was in the hands of a few people, which was more dangerous.” He expressed that the independence for Tibet is difficult though if freedom is achieved, only a part of Central Tibet would be free which is meaningless, he said.
The Dalai Lama said, “I am one of the admirers of the European Union. It is wonderful that they consider that common interest is more important than national sovereignty. The world is becoming smaller and smaller. So, there is a big question whether independent Tibet is in our interest or to remain within the People’s Republic of China with all the rights mentioned in the Chinese constitution is. That is practical and realistic.”