Mumbai (PTI): As the Congress celebrates its 131st Foundation Day today, an article published by the party’s Mumbai unit has caused a stir as it blames Jawaharlal Nehru for the state of affairs in Kashmir, China and Tibet.
The article states that Nehru should have listened to freedom fighter and former home minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s views on international affairs.
The article, which does not bear the name of the writer, has been published in this month’s issue of ‘Congress Darshan’ Hindi edition as a tribute piece to mark Patel’s death anniversary on December 15.
“Despite Patel getting the post of deputy prime minister and home minister, the relations between the two leaders remained strained, and both had threatened to resign time and again,” the article says.
If Nehru had embraced Patel’s foresight, many problems in international affairs would not have arisen, it adds.
The article cites a letter that Patel reportedly wrote in 1950 to caution Nehru against China’s policy towards Tibet and where “Patel described China as unfaithful, and a future enemy of India.”
“Had Patel been heard (by Nehru) then, the problems of Kashmir, China, Tibet and Nepal wouldn’t have existed now. Patel opposed Nehru’s move of taking the Kashmir issue to the UNO,” stated the article, adding, “Nehru did not agree with Patel’s views on Nepal.”
Mumbai Regional Congress Committee chief and editor of the journal Sanjay Nirupam said he is not involved in the day-to-day functioning of the magazine and was unaware of the article.
“I do not agree with the article. It seems to have been sourced, but I don’t know who the writer is,” Nirupam, who in his earlier stint with Shiv Sena edited Hindi newspaper ‘Dopahar Ka Saamana’, said, adding that corrective measures would be taken.
Queried about the controversial articles, Congress leaders present at the party headquarters in Delhi to mark the 131st Foundation Day said if something of this sort has come out, it should be looked into seriously.
Congress leader Salman Khurshid said that he has not read the article and it was not possible for him to comment on it.
“However, if something like this has come out in the Congress article, then AICC will take it up. How can I comment on that. According to me it is absolutely wrong. But AICC will officially comment on that,” he told reporters later.
Similar reactions were echoed by another senior leader Raj Babbar who said that if something of this sort has come out, it should be seriously looked into.
“I do not know in what reference it has been written or what has been said, but I do know that Congress party’s article cannot use such language or cannot talk about such thoughts,” he said.