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'Turmoil in Nepal is of Nehru's making'

June 12, 2008

Jaideep Hardikar
DNA (India)
June 10, 2008

NAGPUR -- Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief KS Sudarshan on
Sunday blamed India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, for
rejecting Nepal's proposal of merger into India on the lines of other
princely states shortly after Independence. Sudarshan held Nehru
responsible for today's turmoil in Nepal and Tibet, which, he said,
was handed over by him to China, despite being aware of the
neighbour's expansionist tendency.

"It was a mistake on Nehru's part that he refused a proposal by
Nepal's prime minister Matrikaprasad Koirala for including the
Himalayan kingdom in India," Sudarshan said at the concluding
function of the third-year officers' training course at Reshimbaug grounds.

Elucidating that national interest was being sacrificed for personal
or selfish interests, Sudarshan said China's excesses in Tibet were
the fallout of Nehru's folly. "Nehru had no propriety to hand over
Tibet to China, which is now staking its claim on Arunachal Pradesh
and Sikkim," he said.

Sudarshan targetted Communists for bullying UPA government to side
with China. He said India's communists wagged their tails before
China while belittling their own country. "They take credit for the
good things and blame UPA government for the bad things," he said.
"Even as oil prices and inflation are rising, they are pretending to
be opposed to it; if they are so, they should withdraw support."

Sudarshan criticised the Centre for following the western economic
model and rejecting India's cultural and traditional wisdom. "This is
because the people of this country cannot decide what is good for
them," he said.

Taking a leaf from the chief guest, the shankaracharya of
Ramchandrapura Math of Karnataka, Shri Raghaveshwar Bharati, who said
cow slaughter was a reason for farmers still committing suicides in
Vidarbha and elsewhere, Sudarshan appealed to the prime minister to
introduce anti-cow slaughter bill in Parliament and get it passed
with Congress and BJP support. This, he said, was an example of
selfish political interests overriding national interests.

"Stopping cow slaughter was important to the propagation of organic
and natural farming, which, in turn, would stop farmers' suicides," he said.
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