In defence of Jawaharlal Nehru
Many critics do not seem to have understood what he set out to do
Jawaharlal Nehru died 52 years ago. In a sentimental obituary, C. Rajagopalachari described him as a beloved friend, a most civilized person and a man dear to the nation. Earlier, in 1949, Vallabhbhai Patel wrote in an essay that he saw Nehru as a lifelong friend, idol of the nation and that he knew from close quarters how hard he laboured for the country.