Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday (08 August 2018) stirred a controversy by stating that India and Pakistan would have remained united if the prime ministership was given to Muhammad Ali Jinnah and not to Jawaharlal Nehru, as per the wish of Mahatma Gandhi.
Lama even called Nehru “self-centered”
In an interaction at the Goa Institute of Management, the spiritual leader said, “Look at India, Mahatma Gandhi wanted Prime Ministership to go to Jinnah but Nehru refused to agree. I think Pandit Nehru was a little self-centered.”
The 14th Dalai Lama was in Goa to give a keynote speech on ‘Today’s relevance of India’s Ancient Knowledge’ at Goa Institute of Management which is a partner with The Dalai Lama Centre for Ethics and Transformative Values at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Partition Wouldn’t Happen If Nehru Had Not Been Self-Centered: Dalai Lama
He responded a question asked by a student on how to overcome emotions and avoid making wrong decisions! The Dalai Lama said it was important to respect opinions of stakeholders and analysing all ends before making a big decision. Explaining it in a the larger context of democracy, he looked at benefits of referendum where every opinion matters. “I feel feudal system caused much war,” he explained.
“In a way, now look back India, Mahatma Gandhiji very much was willing to give prime ministership to Jinnah. But Pandit Nehru refused. I think Pandit Nehru was little bit self-centred: ‘I should be prime minister’, If Mahatma Gandhi’s (wish) materialised then Indo-Pakistan (would have been) united. Pandit Nehru, I know very well, very experienced person, very wise, but sometimes mistakes also happen. So u see responsibility is on your shoulder. Analyse, ask opinion, then take decision,” he answered.
The statement made by Dalai Lama received mixed reactions on social media! Here are reactions of those who supported Dalai Lama!
— Shalini Negi (@negishalini20) August 9, 2018
“Mahatma Gandhi wanted to give the prime ministership to Jinnah. But Nehru refused. He was self-centred…,” Dalai Lama
— Naina 🇮🇳 (@NaIna0806) August 8, 2018
Bravo!Masterstroke played by Nehru to completely shatter #RSS.
(Jst a possibility)Think!#Nehru had set his mind to be the PM bt #Gandhi was in favor of #Jinnah.Also,he wz agnst Gandhi on mny policies.
So, he got Gandhi killed using an RSS man.Ek teer se do Nishane! #DalaiLama pic.twitter.com/I4NzOigogM
— Aniket Bhardwaj (@ani_ketli) August 9, 2018
Some even criticized Dalai Lama
#DalaiLama talks rubbish. Jinnah as the PM of united India would have been a disaster. Anyways Jinnah wanted sharia country, which was not possible without creation of Pakistan. Pakistan was created coz of their hatred against Hindus.
But we can still bring back our lost lands.
— Abhishek Joshi (@Abi_Joshi24) August 8, 2018
This is unbelievable! Why is he commenting on an Indian PM ? Ungrateful refugee ! #DalaiLama now i am utterly convinced there is nothing holy about any man.
— Dimpy Bora (@bora_dimpy) August 9, 2018
I wonder #DalaiLama was just 12 years of age in 1947 but he knows internal discussions of Indian politics!
— Mubashir (@rubusmubu) August 8, 2018
Tibet shld be been part of China if #DalaiLama is not so Self Centered,
— Farhan (@JaiHIndtweets) August 9, 2018
The Statement Has Led To A Debate- Who divided India?
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