Partition Wouldn’t Happen If Pt. Nehru Had Not Been Self-Centered: Dalai Lama! Triggers Controversy!

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Partition wouldn't have happened if Jinnah had become PM! The statement made by Dalai Lama received mixed reactions on social media! Here are reactions of those who supported and criticized Dalai Lama! The Statement Has Led To A Debate- Who divided India? Read more
Partition wouldn't have happened if Jinnah had become PM! The statement made by Dalai Lama received mixed reactions on social media! Here are reactions of those who supported and criticized Dalai Lama! The Statement Has Led To A Debate- Who divided India? Read more

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
Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi
Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi

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!
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama stirred a controversy
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama stirred a controversy
Some even criticized Dalai Lama

The Statement Has Led To A Debate- Who divided India?

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