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Interesting claims, counter-claims by Indian foreign minister

International   |   Glibs Quick   |   Feb 13, 2020, 13:34 PM

Interesting claims and counter-claims on history between Indian Foreign Minister and a noted historian. So much so that Indian foreign minister Dr S Jaishankar had to asserted that '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'. He reacted to the Ramchandra Guham, the Gandhian and professor, who rubbished the claim that former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru did not want veteran Congress leader Vallabh Bhai Patel in his cabinet. Guha said that 'this is a myth, that has been comprehensively demolished by Professor Srinath Raghavan in The Print. 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'. The argument started when Dr S Jaishankar shared about 'releasing 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. 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. 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'. 

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