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The Day Nehru Left Us

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On This Day, BBC News 1964: 'With his death an era passed away'
Jawaharlal Nehru, founder of modern-day India and confidant of Mahatma Gandhi, died from a heart attack in 1964 leaving the nation in shock. Politicians wept and party leaders paid tribute to the man who had led India since it achieved independence from Britain in 1947.
As India's first prime minister he took the country along a socialist path, although he refused to align the country to either the Soviet Union or the United States in the Cold War. Although some of his policies have been discredited in recent years, he remains a legendary and much-loved figure and is known as the architect of the state of India.
Here are some of memories of that time. Our family was deeply attached to the Nehru family. My father was one of his personal secretaries. I was there in front of the bier shouting in tears: " Chacha Nehru amar raho !" While approaching the body, I was literally carried by the crowd and my feet …

अँधेरी गुफा में उलझ रही है ओबीसी आरक्षण की राजनीति

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सौरभ बाजपेयी 5 जून 2008 दैनिक हिन्दुस्तान

अस्मिताओं के उबार के समय में आरक्षण पर बात करना आग से खेलना है. 5 जून 2008 को इस लेख का संपादित रूप दैनिक हिन्दुस्तान में छपा था. गुर्जर आंदोलन के नए चरण के सन्दर्भ में इसका असंपादित लेख प्रस्तुत है...
आठ माह बाद राजस्थान में गुर्जरों का गुस्सा फिर भड़क उठा है। वे भरतपुर, अलवर, दौसा, करौली और जयपुर समेत तमाम जिलों में हिंसक विरोध प्रदर्शन कर रहे हैं। शुरूआती चार दिनों में ही तकरीबन 38 लोगों की पुलिस फायरिंग से मौत हो चुकी है। गुर्जरों और सत्ता के बीच यह संघर्ष कई मायनों में आरक्षण राजनीति की नई और खतरनाक प्रवृत्तियों का सूचक है। जो कि आने वाले समय में भारतीय राजनीति और समाज के ताने-बाने को बुरी तरह प्रभावित करेंगी।
दरअसल, भारत में ओबीसी आरक्षण की राजनीति अपने ही अंतर्विरोधों में उलझती जा रही है। भारतीय संविधान के निर्माताओं ने सभी लोगों को अवसर की समानता प्रदान करने तथा धर्म, जाति, वर्ण, लिंग और क्षेत्रगत आधारों पर होने वाले भेदभावों से मुक्ति दिलाने के लिए संविधान में अनुसूचित जातियों तथा जनजातियों के लिए सरकारी नौकरियों व शिक्षा में अस्थाई रूप …

When Nehru and Mao Met

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AMIT BARUAH The Hindu, 14 May 2015 

“Mao says there was no need for India and China to ‘quarrel’, which has Nehru responding: ‘Sometimes we have differences, but we do not quarrel’.” Picture shows Mao Zedong and Nehru at a reception organised by the Indian Embassy in Peking in 1954.
The Mao-Nehru conversation of 1954 can remind present leaderships in the two countries that the founders of both nations had wished for a future where their mutual rise was a possibility
The autumn of 1954 is fascinating and a record of history for it was in this year that four-and-a-half hours of conversation, between Jawaharlal Nehru and Mao Zedong, revealed how two strong-willed leaders tried to make sense of the post-Second World War world.
The minutes of the three meetings, that were made public by the Chinese side ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Bandung conference, on April 18, present a compelling picture of two equals trying to analyse changing power equations between the great powers. In this, …

Memories of Jawaharlal Nehru

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Prof. Yash Pal The Hindu, 20 January 2015
[An eminent scientist and educationist recalls the various facets of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, as empathetic listener, concerned politician, and a keen observer of science.] In the summer of 1945 when I was in a summer camp of the Students’ Congress on the bank of the river Ravi in Lahore, Jawaharlal Nehru came to the city after being released from jail. We all went to the railway station to receive him. I could not get anywhere close to him and was pushed to the edge of the large crowd gathered outside the railway station. A platform had been built and Nehru stood at the centre, trying to quieten the very large crowd while attempting to persuade it to allow some of the distinguished friends to join him on the central stage. I was a little amused at his belief that the dense crowd could be so persuaded. But pretty soon, I found that Nehru had disappeared in the middle of the crowd, and using his brief baton streaking a path t…