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Jinnah not Nehru was Gandhi’s favored choice for top post: Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader stroked a controversy during his speech at an event in Goa when he termed India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru as a man with a ‘self-centered attitude’ who only wanted to covet the top post in the country at that time even though Mahatma Gandhi was in favor of Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Dalai Lama further went on to state that India’s partition would not have happened if Mahatma Gandhi’s wish of Jinnah becoming Prime Minister of India has materialized.

The 83-year-old monk was addressing an event at the Goa Institute of Management.

Responding to a student’s question on taking right decisions, he said, “I feel democratic systems are very good than the feudal system, which gives power of making decisions in the hands of a few people, which is more dangerous. Now look at India. I think Mahatma Gandhiji was very much willing to give the prime ministership to Jinnah. But Pandit Nehru refused,” he 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 further elucidated.

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

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Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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