A hostilities of words on Twitter erupted on Thursday over External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar's assertion, citing a book, that Jawaharlal Nehru did no longer favor Sardar Patel in his first Cabinet in 1947.
two Among these who answered to the publish was once eminent historian Ramachandra Guha, who known as it a “myth”. Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh and Shashi Tharoor additionally questioned the Minister’s claim.
Was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Jawaharlal Nehru's initial cupboard listing in 1947 was once the hotly debated question with Jaishankar citing a new book to claim that Nehru did not favor Patel in his cabinet and Guha and Congress leaders denying the argument while hitting out at the Minister.
The Twitter duel, with both aspects deploying sarcasm and historic references, two started on Wednesday night when Jaishankar put out a put up on releasing an "absorbing biography" of VP Menon - a senior civil servant who worked intently with Patel - by means of Narayani Basu. He stated that the book had done "much awaited justice to a certainly historical figure."
"Learnt from the e book that Nehru did not choose Patel in the Cabinet in 1947 and not noted him from the initial Cabinet list. Clearly, a situation for tons debate. Noted that the writer stood her floor on this revelation," he said.
This tweet elicited a sharp response from Guha, who said "this a myth that has been comprehensively demolished by Professor Srinath Raghavan." two The historian additionally stated without promotion fake information about and false rivalries between the builders of present day India is not the job of the Foreign Minister. "He leave this to the BJP's IT Cell," Guha retorted.
Jaishankar hit lower back pronouncing some Foreign Ministers do examine books and it may also be a accurate habit for some professors too. "In that case, strongly endorse the one I launched yesterday," the minister said.
It did not cease there. Guha then posted a letter from Nehru to Patel dated August 1, 1947. In the letter, Nehru invitations Patel to be a part of the first Cabinet of free
India, calling him the "strongest pillar" of that Cabinet. "Can any person show this to Jaishankar, please," Guha asked on Twitter. Tagging Jaishankar's 'foreign ministers do read books' tweet, the historian added, "Sir, due to the fact that you have a Ph D from JNU you need to virtually have study greater books than me. two two Among them must have been the posted correspondence of Nehru and Patel which files how Nehru desired Patel as the 'strongest pillar' of his first Cabinet. Do consult these books again."
Congress chief Ramesh said in mild of the "fake news" doing the rounds that Nehru did not want Patel in his cabinet, he would share a collection of letters and documents. two Ramesh posted Nehru's letter to Mountbatten of July 19, 1947 with
Patel on pinnacle of the cabinet list. He additionally shared Nehru's letter to Patel dated August 4, 1947 with the cabinet listing which include the latter's name. two Tharoor, tagging Jaishankar, shared Raghavan's piece that states Nehru by no means excluded Patel from cupboard list.