Congress Stumped As Mouthpiece Criticises Sonia Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru

Mumbai: The Congress is in a flap over its mouthpiece in Maharashtra featuring articles that have questioned Jawaharlal Nehru, the party’s biggest icon, and also made controversial comments on Sonia Gandhi.

An article in the December issue of “Congress Darshan”, while describing Sonia Gandhi’s life, says that her father was a member of the fascist forces in Italy.


Another article says Mrs Gandhi became Congress president 62 days after joining the party as a primary member in 1997, and also made a failed attempt to form government.

In yet another article, there is a detailed critique of Jawaharlal Nehru’s policies and the repeated suggestion that the first prime minister should have taken his deputy Sardar Valabhbhai Patel’s advice.

The article says that if Jawaharlal Nehru had taken into account the views of Sardar Patel, who was also the home minister, the Kashmir situation would not have come to what it is today.

“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, adding: “If Nehru had embraced Patel’s foresight, many problems in international affairs would not have existed.”

The article cites a letter that Sardar Patel reportedly wrote in 1950 to caution Jawaharlal Nehru against China’s policy towards Tibet, in which he 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,” says the unnamed author.

Senior party leader Sanjay Nirupam, who is the editor of Congress Darshan, said: “The kind of words that have been used in Congress Darshan are worrying. I take responsibility for this, and the matter shall be investigated thoroughly. We will take action against those responsible and ensure that this never happens again.”

The controversy has emerged on a day the party is celebrating the 131st anniversary of its birth.

“If any Congress mouthpiece has written something like this, then the All India Congress Committee will look into it,” said former union minister Salman Khurshid.


    • Mango Man – “Finally the truth is out! That too from the Congie mouthpiece ” CONGIE DARSHAN” !! — “Where is our Kumblakai?”

      All these are allegations made by the RSS for sixty years and denied by the Congress for sixty years. If Mango believes this as an admission by Congress, so be that!

      The Congress has said it is a mistake. Some insider is hellbent to tarnish the Party! He will be taken to task severely for playing Trojan Horse. It is natural for such culprits to play devil, when the party is defeated. Such people are prone to poaching by the enemy.

      Only idiots claim it to be the “truth”!

  1. Congress Stumped As Mouthpiece Criticises Sonia Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru.

    All the allegations are good old allegations and appropriate reply were given.

    But, if Congress mouthpiece publishes it and it took the concerned leaders by surprise, it only proves that the Congress totally lacks control and accountability to the Congress foot soldiers! It is like ignoring the grass root workers of Congress to give MLC tickets to useless people in Karnataka!

  2. “… while describing Sonia Gandhi’s life, says that her father was a member of the fascist forces in Italy” report quoting some insignificant news paper.

    So what if her father was a member of fascist forces in Italy. So were millions of people in Europe!!! Moreover, how is she responsible for her father’s actions or political preference? This shows how these writers have no understanding of ‘desha – kaala – sthithi’ (time, place and context)!!! The ‘tourist’ needs to be judged for what she has done, not her father!! The corruption and illegal assets owned by Tourist and Prince Raul should be the focus of discussion, not what her father or grand father did!!

    • Ms. Sonia Gandhi’s father, who fought for Italy on the Russian front, was captured by the Russians. I recall Germans, Italians 9and others from the Axis forces) that were held prisoners during the World War II, were released as late as 1954 or so and only 10% returned alive. If some POWs returned alive, then they were amongst the fortunate few or 10% and ought to have had a grand celebration those days and attended churches (or other places of worship of their faithers) and thanked the Almighty on their good fortune of being alive, in spite of having undergone excruciating ordeals.

      The Russians and Japanese were tormentors and treated their POWs very badly and, in some cases, even the Germans. It would have been very interesting for one to have actually met a POW held by Russians and learn from him, how badly and shabbily he was treated. From what I read in the “Rise & Fall of Third Reich” by William Shirer – a best-seller sold in millions – the book which is being sold even today after decades and serves as a reference book on this war, Russians committed unthinkable and unspeakable atrocities on their prisoners, which I cannot mention here.

      In fact, one of their post-war presidents, namely Nikita Krushchev, was a Senior Commissar during this war.

      • It is a well known fact that Jawaharlal Nehru and/or Jawaharlal Nehru and V.K. Krishna Menon were responsible for the Kashmir problem, the mauling that India received from China and China’s annexation of Tibet. However, their fans, especially B.N. Pai, will not accept facts about their icons, simply because truths are bitter.

        B.N. Pai is as stabborn as a mule and obstinate and reminds me of so-called Pakistani Defence Analyst/Commentator, Zahd Hamid, who cries “wolf” and wants Pakistan to embrace the teachings of Quaid-E-Azam and Allama Iqbal, who had earlier composed the song, Sarey jahan sey accha, Hindustan hamara,” which he later chnged to “Sarey jahan sey accha, Pakistan hamara.” It is nice to watch Zahd Hamid on panel discussions and other commentators and Pakistanis consider him a clown and treat him with utter disdain. He lambasts Americans, Saudis, other Pakistanis and Indians for his country’s woes. A few months ago, when he went to Saudi Arabia to perform “Umra” and he was arrested and spent weeks or a month or so in a rent-free cell and blamed this on other Pakistanis and Indians.

        Sonia Gandhi has to learn to accept facts, which have now become a part of history – whether she likes it or not. People with communal minds or other prejudices and biases may want to change history, but that cannot be done, other than window dressing.

        • Nelson Lewis – “However, their fans, especially B.N. Pai, will not accept facts about their icons, simply because truths are bitter.”

          Sir, in 1914 the Tibetan government signed the Simla Accord with British India, ceding the several small areas on the southern side of the Himalayan watershed to British India. The entire area ceded to British India by Tibet is still in India, even to this day. As for Chinese attack in 1962, the area annexed by China south of the Mcmahon Line was vacated by them at once. The reason, they feared that India would regroup and fight and drive them back after the winter.

          As far as Kashmir is concerned, India has occupied 2/3rd of the the Independent Sovereign Country of Kashmir created by Britain on August 14, 1947, just as they created East Pakistan and East Pakistan on that day. Even in this case Indira Gandhi had sent Indian Army and used the indian Air Force and Navy to create Bangladesh, as rightly stated by Modi during his resent visit to bangladesh.

          What is wrong with you. can you dispute these historic facts to denounce Nehru and the Congress, as the RSS always does?

    • Original R.Pai – “The corruption and illegal assets owned by Tourist and Prince Raul should be the focus of discussion”

      RSS Paimaam, please you understand what you recommend to others “to understand”!

      You say, writers have no understanding of ‘desha – kaala – sthithi’ (time, place and context)!!! Do you and your RSS have?

      If you have, then your job now (as the ruling party) is to prosecute, prove and punish Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. NOT TO BLURT OUT NONSENSE.

      Stop making unsubstantiated accusations as you used to make when in the opposition. The “kaalaa” has changed now and also the “Stithi” of the BJP. You are not elected to do “Tithi”.



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