Arun Jaitley left embarrassed, gets history lessons after being caught spreading fake news on Jawaharlal Nehru


Blaming India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for everything has become a fabourite pastime of the members of the current Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Although, they have often faced social media ridicule, this hasn’t deterred them from spreading lies on Nehru. The latest in the series is Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who’s been caught spreading fake news on Nehru.

This was after Arun Jaitley posted a tweet on the eve of the crucial assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram, blaming Nehru for starting what he called was the dynasty politics in India. He wrote, “When Panditji promoted his daughter as his successor, he laid the foundation of a dynastic democracy. When the daughter, in 1975, turned dictatorial, it became the party’s ideology to convert India into a “disciplined democracy.”

He did not stop here as he added, “The country pays a price for dynastic policies as we have witnessed in several regions. Three families – two of them in Srinagar and one in New Delhi in the last 71 years, have played with the destiny of Jammu and Kashmir. The consequences are obvious.”

No sooner had he posted his tweet, Jaitley began to receive instant history lessons, albeit correct, from academicians and activists. Ashok Swain reminded the finance minister how it wasn’t Indira Gandhi, who succeeded her father after his death, but Gulzarilal Nanda before Lal Bahadur Shastri became the country’s prime minister. Once again, after the tragic death of Shastri in Uzbekistan in 1966, Nanda had once become the interim prime minister.

Swain wrote, “Jetlieji forgets that Indira G became PM 19 month after the death of Panditji. In that 19 months, Nandaji was twice Acting PM & Shastriji was PM. Panditji had suffered a mild stroke in Jan1964. After that, he had entrusted most of his PM tasks to Shastriji till his death in May. (sic)”

Human rights activist and author John Dayal too wrote, “We thought Shashtri succeeded Nehru, @arunjaitley And Rao ruled a full five years. But of course you think Rao as the first BJP prime minister.”

Jaitley being caught spreading fake news comes just days after Modi was found lying about the Congress not allowing anyone other the members of the Nehru-Gandhi family to become the party president. Soon after he lied in his Chhattisgarh rally, several academics and historians had reminded how between 1991 and 1998, the Congress party did not have a member of a Nehru-Gandhi party heading the party.