Friday, November 4, 2011

Gandhi Nehru relations

Gandhi and Nehru  relations

The relations between Gandhi and Nehru  were complex. In May 1934, hearing that Gandhi fasting again, Nehru said “ religion is not familiar ground to me, and I have grown older I have definitely drifted from it away from it. “ . Above all Gandhi fasting was something he could not like.

“ it is hard to be so far from you, and yet it would be harder to be near to you. This crowded world is very lonely place and you to make it still loonier. Life and death  matter little, or should matter little. I have loved life - the mountain and sea, the sun and rain and storm and snow, and animals, and books apart and human beings and life  was good to me. We cannot but think again of Kim and holy one.

In August  1934 Nehru wrote of shock he had received when he heard of reasons Gandhi advanced for with drawing from civil disobedience. “ I had  a sudden and intense feeling that something broke inside me, bond that I had valued very greatly had snapped. I felt terribly lonely in this wide world. I have always felt a little lonely even from child hood up. But few bonds strengthened me, a few strong supports hold me up. That loneness never went but it was lessened. But now I fell absolutely alone, left high and dry on a desert island “
Gandhi was not plaintive toward Nehru - that a crucial difference between them- but he did use considerable variety of tones with him, all with general intention of warmth and gaiety. Without falsifying himself, Gandhi found dozen ways to charm and  attach to Nehru .

Kamala Nehru died abroad in Feb. 1936. Gandhi saw her in Bombay before she sailed. After her death Gandhi said she had had more peace of mind than ever before. “ her mental disturbance had vanished “ . He claimed to have known her intimately for years.

After this time Nehru autobiography was published. Gandhi read it and claim to be closer to him in feelings  than ever before, although further away from his opinions. He told Nehru  that it was a brilliant literary production, but he was too hard on liberals like Shastri.  Nehru was of course by then a leader in international left wing.