Congress resents against write-up on Jawaharlal Nehru in RSS journal
KOCHI: The Congress in Kerala has expressed strong
resentment against an article carried by RSS journal ‘Kesari’ allegedly running
down India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
On getting a complaint seeking action from KPCC
General Secretary Sooranad Rajasekharan, state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala
has asked DGP KS Balasubraniam to examine the issue and take action, if
The Editor of the weekly, however, stood by the
article and stoutly refuted Congress’ allegations. The article by BJP state
committee member B Gopalakrishnan said, “Actually Nehru was responsible for the
partition of the country and other tragedies including Gandhi’s assassination.”
The write-up also said Nehru was a “selfish” leader
who concealed important facts from Gandhi on the partition and eventually kept
him away from the final round of discussions.
Taking strong exception to the article, KPCC president
VM Sudheeran said this was yet another attempt of the Sangh Parivar to distort
history and denigrate Nehru.
Reacting to the charges, Editor of Kesari NR Madhu
said this was a sheer distortion of facts by the Congress leaders with
“This is not for the first time we are criticising
Nehru’s policies and approaches to vital issues including the partition. But
nowhere the article has even remotely suggested that Nehru should have been
physically targeted,” Madhu told PTI.
He said this was a ploy by the Congress leaders to show
that they were more vehement in opposing the RSS and the BJP than the CPI-M.
“The CPI-M has been accusing the Congress of being
soft towards the RSS after the Oommen Chandy government decided to go in for a
CBI inquiry into the murder of the Sangh activist Elamthottathil Manoj at
Kathirur in Kannur district. Now, the Congress wants to blunt this criticism by
seizing and distorting facts,” Madhu claimed.