Nehru Attacked the Psyche of the Indians- Mahesh Nayak
Indeed Jawahar Lal Nehru was a great writer, a great thinker and a maker of new India and he is always remembered for the traversed ideologies of foreign countries. Much has been already said about the books he wrote during Indian independence and post-independence. His book ‘Discovery of India’ was one among the hundred books that I had targeted to read in the year 2020. The precarious modernity was often preferred as a topic for writing not only by him but many young writers then had a predilection for it to put an end to the peevish lifestyle of India. I will offer my opinions of reading his books in this small instalment.
I always wonder that his book was also prescribed for ug and pg classes during 1970s, and 1980s(maybe now also) in academia. “And then Gandi came” is the first part of his book which explicitly talks about desperation, malignant, cruel situations in India and he goes on to describe Gandhi. Until Gandhi came, India had to listen to the British. Even though the first world war was ended, it created a big issue in India which led to poverty, legal isolation, caste practice, and so on. Throwing the natives into a state of turmoil, many cried in despair and many implored for lives. The arrival of Gandhi was a renaissance in India and the essence of teaching was fearless. Many writers and leaders had ventured against all practices and were successful before his arrival, but Nehru’s writings are astonishing.
On the other hand, India was engulfed by the Western concept of education and likelihood. Nehru as a writer would only write on such notions that he brought from the West, but he never gave solutions to the issues that the country had inflicted upon them, till now his books do not have any remedies, but only the problems! Could not the issues be solved though it was studied in academia for long years, or do progressives use his books only to build their academic career.?
India had indubitably problems, issues with religion and culture affecting the west to recount it more and provoking writers to delineate it. Gandhi -Nehru tenure and mere hierarchy of that genre perfected the violence upon natives more than minorities and other religions. Nehru was not only an opportunist but a greater man of letters representing contemporary issues, politics and Abrahamic religions.
Nehru wrote extensively on new trends, new generation and introducing new political genres in India, but one can question have the torrential writings that were produced by him during his lifetimes spoken anything about despondent natives, untouchables and the Hindu varna system despite the truculent colonialism. Nowhere in his book, he speaks about India, instead, he talks about how Jesus was born and Allaha took birth. He was also disgruntled by the expectation he had about eradicating Untichabilty in India, while Ambedkar was a leading leader of that community.
Nehru was the sole reason for the animosity which was aroused between Gandi and Ambedkar which eventually led to many arguments. Much of his book talks about dreadful episodes he created with the west. His expertise describes Gandhi as God for his arrival and his deliberation to end the problems in county dividends, minorities, and for his solidarity with the Congress party.
Shockingly, such big books written by Nehru have nothing to give any solution to the new young India that both Gandhi and Nehru created and dreamed it to be. Nehru not only spoke about the physiology of Indians but also attacked the psyche of Indians. Regardless of time and year, his book not only discovers the problems he created but remains obscure to the readers in academia that to which genre he belongs in literature, if his book is of remedies or it is only of creating more issues.