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Most of our country’s renowned political analysts and thinkers have said this. He needs no mention. He was one of the first prime ministers of India and a true statesman. He was an intellectual,a negotiator,a diplomat and a man who chronicled his life in books and letters. He was one of India’s most intellectual if not educated prime ministers. His quotes and writings are often said to be for a matured audience and an audience that understands issues that are of global significance and the impact that these had on India. What captures the imagination of people about Nehru was that he was a man of words,a man of style and elegance. Nehru’s much talked about affair with Lady Mountbatten has been written by many and even showcased in movies. Nehru wrote books,something not all politicians would try their hand at. He wrote the ‘Discovery of India’ which chronicled the history of India unto the freedom struggle and then to independence. It was his book ‘Glimpses of world history’ that really captured the attention of a Global audience and made Nehru a figure. Becoming the first prime minister of India and the new beginning of the post colonial era made Nehru a figure but Nehru’s struggle to develop India and transform its image continued to be a tough job. Nehru was one of the Prime ministers of India who wrote own his own the ‘The tryst with Destiny’ speech and read it to an audience that would begin a new era on the 15 of August 1947.
An important point about Nehru was that he lacked nationalism which other contemporaries of his times didn’t. Nehru was not populist unlike Gandhi because of which he didn’t strike a chord with the masses like Gandhi. While Gandhi might have preached the philosophy of Satyagraha,Nehru was a man who never spoke much on religion and spoke more on the strategic aspects that affected our lives. He was a true policy decision maker. He believed that both capitalism and communism are a means to an end as seen in recent times. From being a socialist economy we shifted our business and
economic model to a capitalist way of functioning but capitalism too bought with it various problems that the government did little to deal with. There is a dearth of good politicians. The economics of a country like India is bipolar because we have acute poverty and then we have people who have everything. If Nehru is remembered and followed I am sure our country shall benefit . .a section of the India society is starving. No longer do people from mediocre and educated backgrounds enter into politics but it is the uneducated people with a criminal background armed with money from the black economy who are entering into politics. Today while a section of society is being featured on the Forbes list. The philosophy and economic geniuses that our country has produced can give a solution too many to solve our problems both socioeconomic in nature but a will to implement these strategies is essential. Nehru envisaged an India that was prosperous and free from poverty but the very vision of Nehru has been tarnished by the current administrative system. The bipolar economics is irrespective of the growth rate or the GDP.Each of us can set an example to follow but if all of us are busy setting examples than I am afraid what Nehru said is of little significance. In a consumerist India we need policies that are beneficial to the the poor.the middle class and the rich. There has certainly been a decline in mediocre people becoming politicians. The figures of the World bank and other organizations have proved this. India continues today to be a third world country.