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Nehru’s name missing from Ram Nath Kovind’s first presidential speech

During his first speech, as the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind talked about various leaders such as former President Pranab Mukherjee, Mahatama Gandhi, Sardar Patel, B.R.Ambedkar, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, etc. but there was no mention of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. It may be recalled that Nehru is generally regarded as the architect of modern India, but his name found no mention in Kovind’s first presidential speech. Political pundits said that the omission of Nehru’s name cannot be accidental since Nehru is counted among the top leaders in India. It can be due to the rising aversion that the current dispensation feels against the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself had spoken favorably about Nehru in the parliament, but the aversion towards Nehru-Gandhi dynasty has increased significantly in recent times.

In the past few years, efforts are being made to relook at history with a new perspective. Kovind not mentioning Nehru’s name in his first presidential speech can be a part of that mission. Even the young population today does not want to follow history blindly and wants to give more weightage to facts. The current dispensation feels that the Nehruvian ideology has been taught for too long now and it needs to be changed to suit the current needs of the country. It is being said that the earlier ideology was a result of absolute power vested in a few individuals, something that needs to be revisited in a truly democratic India.

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