Nehru didn’t need Patel in his Cabinet in 1947, says EAM Jaishankar citing guide; twitter conflict erupts


New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has mentioned that he obtained to know from VP Menon`s autobiography that first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru didn’t need Sardar Patel in his Cabinet in 1947. Jaishankar launched a guide on VP Menon, a senior civil servant who labored carefully with Patel, by Narayani Basu.

In a sequence of tweets on Wednesday (February 12), Jaishakar mentioned, “Released an absorbing biography of VP Menon by @narayani_basu. Sharp contrast between Patel`s Menon and Nehru`s Menon. Much awaited justice done to a truly historical figure.” 

In one other tweet, the EAM mentioned, “Learnt from the book that Nehru did not want Patel in the Cabinet in 1947 and omitted him from the initial Cabinet list. Clearly, a subject for much debate. Noted that the author stood her ground on this revelation.” 

Jaishankar harassed that train of writing historical past for politics previously wants sincere remedy, including “Exercise of writing history for politics in the past needs honest treatment.”

“When Sardar died, a deliberate campaign was begun to efface his memory. I know this because I have seen it, and at times, I fell victim to it myself. So says VP Menon,” tweeted EAM.

Notably, a twitter conflict erupted after Jaishankar endorsed the view that Nehru didn’t need Patel in his Cabinet. 

Reacting to Jaishankar`s assertion that Nehru didn’t need Patel in his Cabinet, historian Ramachandra Guha referred to as it a “myth” which has comprehensively demolished by Professor Srinath Raghavan.

Guha went on to say that it isn’t the “job of the Foreign Minister to promote fake news, false rivalries which should be left to BJP`s IT Cell”.

In a sarcastic tweet, Guha mentioned, “Besides, promoting fake news about, and false rivalries between, the builders of modern India is not the job of the Foreign Minister. He should leave this to the BJP`s IT Cell.” 

Jaishankar then made a repartee, saying “Some Foreign Ministers do read books. May be a good habit for some Professors too. In that case, strongly recommend the one I released yesterday.” 

Backing up his argument with paperwork, Guha then posted a letter from Nehru to Patel dated August 1, 1947. In the letter, Nehru invitations Patel to affix the primary Cabinet of free India, calling him the “strongest pillar” of that Cabinet.

“Can someone show this to Jaishankar, please,” Guha requested on Twitter. Tagging Jaishankar`s `international ministers do learn books` tweet, the historian added, “Sir, since you have a Ph D from JNU you must surely have read more books than me.”

“Among them must have been the published correspondence of Nehru and Patel which documents how Nehru wanted Patel as the `strongest pillar` of his first Cabinet. Do consult those books again.”

Joining the dialog, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh mentioned: “Problem with this very accomplished and erudite Foreign Minister is that he wishes to forget the books he read before becoming Foreign Secretary in January 2015” and launched a sequence of letter displaying that Nehru referred to as Patel “a pillar of the Cabinet”.

Ramesh launched a Nehru letter to Patel dated August 1 1947, the place he writes, “you are the strongest pillar of the Cabinet.”

The Congress Rajya Sabha MP additionally posted Nehru`s letter to Mountbatten of July 19, 1947 with Patel proper on prime of the brand new cupboard checklist. He additionally shared Nehru`s letter to Patel dated August 4, 1947 with the cupboard checklist together with the latter`s title.

(With Agency Inputs)