Nehru Lives …!

Kuldip Nayar once asked Lord Ramsay, the grandson of Edwina, whether his grandmother and Nehru had affection. Ramsey's answer was, they had a spiritual love!

May 27, 2017
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On 27 May 1964,  Nehru left us forever. …but he is still alive in the hearts of Indian people!

The Bandung Conference was going on. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Sir John Kotelawala was delivering the speech. Suddenly they said that countries such as Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania are the colonies of the Soviet Union, in the same way that Asia and Africa are the colonies of Western countries.

Nehru was shocked to hear this. He went to them and loudened his voice and said, “Sir John, why did you do this? Why not show me before giving your speech?”

Sir John responded , “why do I show my speech to you? Do you show me before giving your speech?”

To hear that Nehru’s face became red. Indira Gandhi grabbed his hand and whispered in his ear that ‘you calm down’ but the prime ministers of two neighboring countries fought like schoolchildren.

Everyone looked silent and saw how great people could behave like ordinary humans. By the morning, the storm got out. Sir John apologized in a very dignified manner, “my purpose was not to interfere in this conference.”

Later, in his book ‘An Asian Prime Minister’s Story’, Sir John Kotelawala wrote, “I and Nehru were always best friends. I believe that Nehru must have forgotten that mis-step.”

Nehru’s mood

Former Foreign Minister Natwar Singh told a story on the anger of Nehru that once Nehru was angry with him that he had kept the letter written to the King of Nepal in his cupboard by not showing the Secretary of External Affairs to the Foreign Ministry.

At that time, Natwar Singh was a secretary to the Secretary General. He recalls: “In the evening at 6:30 p.m. Nehru’s letter to King Mahendra was sent to me, I thought that I would read it in the morning, in the morning I went to the airport to  left the Secretary General who was going to Mongolia on a government trip. There his plan was late.

Natwar Singh further says, “there a man came to me and said that Panditji are calling you, I immediately reached South Block. Nehru’s private secretary, Khanna told me that he would not go to the Prime Minister’s room.”

Singh said, “they are so angry that they throw something upon you. It happened that, as he used to be, Nehru went to the Foreign Secretary’s room and asked if you have seen the letter I wrote to the King of Nepal? Foreign Secretary say not that because the letter did not come to me. “

Natwar Singh further explains, “later it came to know that the letter is with Natwar Singh, for the purpose of protecting me, the foreign secretary said Nehru that may be Natwar has liked the letter and he must have kept it to read.”

It was to hear that Nehru’s tempeture reached to high. He said I have not written that letter to make Natwar Singh happy. Call the police right away. Cut their alarms and present those letters to me. I have not been in front of Nehru’s office till seven days of this incident told Natwar Singh.

Nehru’s security officer KM Rustomji writes in his book “I Was Nehru’s Shadow,” When I joined his staff, he was 63 years old, but he used to do like 33. He did not use lifts at all, and then used to carry two stairs at a time. “

He wrote, “Once upon a visit to Dibrugarh, I entered his room to take his cigarette case and saw that his assistant Hari is sewing his torn socks. He did not like to ruin things. Once upon a visit to Saudi Arabia, he went to every room of the palace and put lights off, which was specially made for them. “

‘ब्राह्मणज़ादे में शाने दिलबरी ऐसी तो हो’

During the same visit, Nehru was called Rasool-as-Salam, which means  in Arabic ‘Messager of peace bearer’ .  But in Urdu these words are used for the Prophet Muhammad. In order to use these words for Nehru, Shah Saud was also widely criticized in Pakistan.

Then a well-known poet, Rais Amrohi wrote a misra, which was also printed in Karachi’s newspaper ‘Don’.

जप रहे हैं माला एक हिंदू की अरब, ब्राह्मणज़ादे में शाने दिलबरी ऐसी तो हो.
हिक़मते पंडित जवाहरलाल नेहरू की क़सम, मर मिटे इस्लाम जिस पर क़ाफ़िरी ऐसी तो हो.

Barbe watch and Sardar’s taxi

 Janakraj Jai, a doctor who worked as Nehru’s personal assistant, told an interesting story: “A barber used to come from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to cut Nehru’s hair. Once Nehru told him I was going to the England. What do I bring for you? “

Barber told, “Huzur, I have late in coming sometime. It will be nice if you get the watch. When Nehru came back from the foreign, then the barbers came to cut his hair again. Nehru says will you not ask whether I brought the watch for you or not. Go to Seshan (his personal assistant) and take the clock. “

Doctor Janakraj Jai recalls another story, “once Jawaharlal was going to the office, his car was puncher near South Avenue. From a distance, a sardar taxis driver was looking and he reached there with his taxi and said the Nehru that it would be my good luck if you sit in my cab “I will take you to the office. Nehru sat in his taxi without any hesitation,  When he reached the office, he started pocketing his pocket but his pocket did not have any money. But sardar told, you are embarrassing me! How can I take money from you?  Now I will not allow to sit anybody to  this seat for five days! “

When Charlie Chaplin put the glass in his lips

Former Foreign Secretary Dinshaw Gundeviya wrote in his autobiography ‘Outside Archives’ that once famous actor Charlie Chaplin invited Nehru to his home in Switzerland. Several bottles of champagne have been brought in a tray before eating.

Chaplin picked up a glass and handed it to Nehru. Nehru said, do not you know that I do not drink? Chaplin said, “Prime Minister, how can you disown me with respect to drinking my champagne?” Nehru still hesitated. Charlie bowed and he put a glass of champagne with the lips of Nehru.

Nehru took a sip from the glass and kept the glass beside him for the entire time. Rustomji also writes that he never saw Nehru drink alcohol. Yes, they used to somke cigarettes and that too was ‘State Express 555’ which was a famous brand of that time.

Nehru’s love letters through Air India

Nehru was loved by Lord Mountbatten’s wife Edwina Mountbatten. Famous journalist Kuldip Nayar told when he was the High Commissioner of India in Britain, he came to know that Nehru used to send letters to Edwina daily from Air India’s flight.
Edwina gave her answer and the high commissioner used to carry those letters to Air India’s aircraft.

Kuldip Nayar once asked Lord Ramsay, the grandson of Edwina, whether his grandmother and Nehru had affection. Ramsey’s answer was, “they had a spiritual love.”

After this Nayar did not asked more. Letters written to Nehru’s to Edwina have been printed but nobody knows anything about Adwina’s letters to Nehru.

Kuldeep Nayar once asked Indira Gandhi for permission to see those letters, but she refused it.

Nehru did not marry Padmaja because ..

Edwina was not only a sweet heart of Nehru but Sarojini Naidu’s daughter Padmaja Naidu was also in the list. Catherine Frank writes in Indira Gandhi’s biography that Vijayalakshmi Pandit had told that the love story of Nehru and Padmaja was long lasted.
Nehru did not marry with her because he did not want to hurt of his daughter Indira’s heart.

India was also annoyed by Nehru’s biographer S. Gopal because he had published love letters written by Padmaja and Nehru  in ‘Selected Works’.

Nehru wrote to Padmaja in 1937, “You are 19 years old (while she was 37 at that time) … and I am 100 or more. Will I ever find out how much you love me? . “

Attachment to animals

Nehru liked pets very much. Once, his dog had cut Edwina Mountbatten at the time when she was trying to comfort him. Nehru had to send that dog out of the prime minister’s house with a sad heart.

Khrushchev once presented a horse to Nehru. Saudi Shah also gave Nehru two wonderful horses in a gift that Nehru had given to the army after a few days.

Mathai has written in his book ‘My Days with Nehru’, “Once Nehru fell ill and he  could not go to to feed his panda named Bhimsa. I brought Bhimsa to the door of the house and I gave bamboo leaves to Nehru, which he fed to Bhimsa with his hands and were very happy. “

And when their news came

In 1964, on 27 May, the whole of India knew that Nehru was battling with death. Russi Karanjia, editor of ‘Blitz’ called his most capable columnist Khauja Ahmad Abbas and said that ‘Nehru can die any minute. You have to write his obituary within four hours’.

Abbas closed himself in a room. Then a person from the Art Department came and asked the head line first. Abbas wrote ‘Nehru Dies,’ then wrote, ‘Nehru Dead’, then wrote ‘Nehru No More’. Then he cut down the three headlines and gave a headline with a fresh start. Next day it was Blitz’s headline…

Attachment to animals

Nehru liked pets very much. Once, his dog Son had cut Edwina Mountbatten at the time when he was trying to comfort him. Nehru had to send that dog out of the prime minister’s house with a sad heart.

Khrushchev once presented a horse to Nehru. Saudi Shah also gave Nehru two wonderful horses in a gift that Nehru had given to the army after a few days.

Nehru also had cubs of tigers and leopards in cage which he had given to some people from Madhya Pradesh. After keeping them for six months, Nehru sent them to the Delhi Zoo.

Mathai has written in his book ‘My Days with Nehru’, “Once Nehru fell ill and Panda Panda could not go to Bhimsa to feed his food. I brought Bhimsa to the door of the house. Kar reached Nehru’s bedroom, and I gave Nehru bamboo leaves, which he fed to Bhimsa with his hands and were very happy. “

Blitz’s headline – Nehru Lives …!

In 1964, on 27 May, the whole of India knew that Nehru was battling death. Russian Karanjia, editor of ‘Blitz’ called his most capable columnist Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and said that ‘Nehru can die any minute. You have to write his audit within four hours’.
Abbas closed himself in a room. Then a person from the Art Department came and said the first head line. Abbas wrote ‘Nehru Diaz,’ then wrote, ‘Nehru Dead’, then wrote ‘Nehru No More’. Then he cut down the three headlines and gave a headline with a fresh start. Next day it was Blitz’s headline …. Nehru Lives …!

 

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