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Nehru was as fallible as us

editorials Updated: Nov 17, 2015 13:45 IST
Fali S Nariman
Fali S Nariman
Hindustan Times

Lord Mountbatten and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru photographed during the Independence Day Celebrations at India Gate, New Delhi on August 15, 1947.(HT File Photo)

Letter to the Editor, Hindustan Times, New Delhi.

My congratulations on publishing on this auspicious day Gopal Gandhi’s brilliant article “As fallible as the rest of us”.

I have been a great admirer of Panditji: even since I first saw him in Simla where I went to school--it was during the Cripps Mission way back in 1942. He was on horseback and I was on foot. He romped past me cheerily acknowledging my greeting with a “Jai Hind”. Some years later, I heard him speak at an open air function in far away Rangoon--the place where I was born: I was in college in Bombay then and was visiting my parents during the vacation. Panditji spoke with such intensity and such disarming frankness that it has remained with me a memorable event in my life. I experienced that beneficial glow of being in the presence of the truly great--of having his “darshan”!

Ambassador Galbraith, a great friend of India, always used to say that darshan is sought for in all societies but only Indians ‘are candid enough to endow it with a name!”

Fali S. Nariman, president, emeritus, the Bar Association of India.