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19 Nov, 2014

The Right-wing route is wrong – Hindustan Times

The current flavour of the month for the chatteratti is the 125th birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. For the media, ‘Breaking News’ is generating a debate on why the Congress has not invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to its international seminar on Nehru’s worldview and legacy.

The government of India had, many months ago, constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister to observe this event. As far as we know, with the change of the government, this committee has not been dissolved and so the Prime Minister continues to chair this panel.

Surely, this committee may work out some programmes as it sees befitting. However, every political party has the right to observe a landmark of one of its past leaders in whichever manner it may choose to do so. For instance, no one can complain why the Left parties will not be invited for any similar observation of RSS leaders like MS Golwalkar. It is a different matter that the Left will not accept such an invitation.

Such assessments and postmortems of the ‘Nehruvian model’ will continue for days to come.

Read the rest: The Right-wing route is wrong – Hindustan Times.