The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama while speaking at the interactive session at the Goa Institute of Management on Wednesday suggested that had Nehru accepted Gandhi’s decision to offer independent India’s Prime Minister-ship to Jinnah, partition of India and Pakistan could have been avoided. It has left the Congress responding.
“When you look back in India, I think Mahatma Gandhiji was very much willing to give prime ministership to (Muhammad Ali) Jinna, but Pandit Nehru refused. I think Pandit Nehru had a little bit of self centered attitude, ‘I should be the Prime Minister’. If Mahatma Gandhiji’s thinking had materialised, then India and Pakistan would have remained united,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama told according to Times of India at the B School gathering while responding to a question raised by a student on how to deal with your emotions to ensure that you don’t make a wrong decision.
“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. Analyze, analyze. Then take decision,” added His Holiness.
While there are takers of the Nehru example from the highly respected Tibetan spiritual leader while explaining to the students on dealing with your emotions to ensure that you don’t make a wrong decision, Congress party spokes has a response to correct the statement.
“With respect his Holiness, the Dalai Lama is wrong that Nehru was self-centred and therefore opposed Gandhi’s suggestion of making Jinnah PM of India. The historical record suggests otherwise. May be it would be worth his while to peruse it,” Tewari advised the supreme spiritual leader of the Tibetans asking him to read “The Transfer of Power 1942-47 Volume X: The Mountbatten Viceroyalty, Formulation of a Plan” tweeted Ex-minister and Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari on Thursday.