Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » India
1-min read

Dalai Lama Apologises for Anti-Nehru Remark, Says 'Past is Past'

On Wednesday, the spiritual leader had said Nehru had a 'self-centred attitude' to become India's first PM even though Mahatma Gandhi was in favour of Muhammad Ali Jinnah taking the top post at that time.

PTI

Updated:August 10, 2018, 6:40 PM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
Dalai Lama Apologises for Anti-Nehru Remark, Says 'Past is Past'
File photo of Dalai Lama.
Loading...

Bengaluru: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday apologised for his statement that India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru was “self-centred”.

On Wednesday, he had said Nehru had a “self-centred attitude” to become India's first PM even though Mahatma Gandhi was in favour of Muhammad Ali Jinnah taking the top post at that time. He had also claimed India's partition would not have happened if Mahatma Gandhi's wish of Jinnah becoming the prime minister had materialised.

“My statement has created a controversy. I apologise if I have said something wrong,” said the Dalai Lama, when he was asked by reporters to comment on what he meant by calling Nehru self-centred.

“I felt pity when I heard that Mahatma Gandhi was opposed to partition... There are more Muslims in India than in Pakistan, but past is past,” the Dalai Lama said.

Addressing an event at the Goa Institute of Management in Sankhalim town on Wednesday, he had said, “I think it was a little bit self-centred attitude of Pandit Nehru that he should be the prime minister... Mahatma Gandhiji's thinking, if it had materialised, then India, Pakistan would have been united," he said.

"So Pandit Nehru, I know very well, (was a) very experienced person, very wise but sometimes mistake also happens," he said.

Addressing a gathering at an event called 'Thank You Karnataka' to commemorate 60 years of Tibetan government in exile here on Friday, the 83-year-old monk said Nehru fully supported creation of a Tibetan settlement.

Nehru insisted that they should have separate Tibetan school for preserving the Tibetan issue, he said.

“Immediately he set up a committee headed by the union education minister...at that time, we wrote to different states for the allocation of some land. The best sort of response came from the Mysore state. One major factor was late Nijalingappa, who extraordinarily showed concern for the Tibetan cause. He promised me he will support the Tibetan cause,” the Dalai Lama said.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro and gain access to curated markets data, trading recommendations, equity analysis, investment ideas, insights from market gurus and much more. Get Moneycontrol PRO for 1 year at price of 3 months. Use code FREEDOM.

Read full article
Loading...
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Loading...
Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results