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Old February 14th, 2016, 04:01 PM
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Re: Was The Struggle For Independence A Mistake?

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No inconvenience Ori Pai. But as usual, some disagreements fewer agreements. I had pushed this up because one of the FB big shots was quoted saying that India would have been better off under British.

Putting Nehru's PM giri in perspective -
Like in any organization, Nehru's PM giri was pushed by Nehru Sr (Motilal) and Gandhiji. So he had 2 backers. There are many things which are hyped and once the hype passes by, we realize the value. In those days, Nehru hatched on to Socialism and that was the flavor of the day. It took 30 years when Singapore, Korea and Taiwan shot up when world realized the virtues of capitalism. So, while he made bad economic decisions, he had wide backing for those including Birlas, Tatas, Bajaj and so on. Other than Birlas, many others fell foul of Indira gandhi in 70. She pushed her own version of socialism and Ambanis to counter the 'Bombay Club'. In modern day terms, his economic ideology was a 'Collective bad decision'. His decisions on Kashmir and China were disasters (pure bad decisions). But if you compare to Robert Mugabe, Pakistan's generals and so on, his achievement was to leave at least bulk of India in one piece and democracy which manges to work till today (Modi Sarkar is a result of this democracy).

Patel - As i said, he lost out because of the backing Nehru had. Else, he would have made a better PM, but sensible economic and politics got shadowed by the socialist rhetoric of those days. And while he did not live too long, had he not carried the burden of being the HM during Ganhiji's assasination, he mught have lived longer, but "Successor Planning" may have been an issue. Nehru might have ultimately succeeded him and may be Morarji Desai (whole of India would have been dry then)
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