Study the past, if you would divine the future.
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
—George Santayana (1963–1952)
Disregard for the past will never do us any good.
Without it we cannot know truly who we are.
— Syd Moore
But for a series of major blunders by Nehru across the spectrum—it would not be an exaggeration to say that he blundered comprehensively—India would have been on a rapidly ascending path to becoming a shining, prosperous, first-world country by the end of his term, and would surely have become so by early 1980s—provided, of course, Nehru’s dynasty had not followed him to power. Sadly, Nehru era laid the foundations of India’s poverty and misery, condemning it to be forever a developing, third-rate, third-world country.
By chronicling those blunders, this book highlights THE FACTS BEHIND THE FACADE.
This is a compact book summarising 97 major blunders of Nehru. However, while all major blunders are not covered, none of the minor blunders are included.
The focus being on blunders, this book does not cover Nehru’s positives—there are a sea of books eulogising Nehru, and reader can refer to them.
Blunders is used in this book as a general term to also include failures, neglect, wrong policies, bad decisions, despicable and disgraceful acts, usurping undeserved posts, etc.
It is not the intention of this book to be critical of Nehru, but historical facts, that have often been distorted or glossed over or suppressed must be known widely, lest the mistakes be repeated.