If Chaiwala is our Prime Minister, it’s because of Nehruji: Shashi Tharoor


New Delhi – The Congress Member of Parliament on Tuesday praised Nehru’s institutional structures that can even help a Chaiwala (Tea-boy) aspire and become a Prime Minister of India.

The 62-year-old dynamic and educated congress MP, Shashi Tharoor said, “If today we have a chaiwala as the prime minister, it’s because Nehruji made it possible through institutional structures through which, any Indian can aspire to and rise to the highest office in the land.”

Tharoor was addressing a convention at the re-launch of his 2003 book – Nehru: The Invention of India on the occasion of Nehru’s 129th birth anniversary, where Congress chairperson – Sonia Gandhi – made the inaugural speech by speaking about his legacy and the uncouth efforts by ruling-party BJP to demoralize his legacy.

Recently, BJP accused Nehru for running a monarchy like pattern by grooming his daughter Indira Gandhi to be his successor. Tharoor responded the accusation, and said, “there is an unfair and ridiculous charge by the ruling party today that Nehru tried to groom his daughter as a successor. On the contrary, at no stage did he indicate a preference for any successor.”

While defending Nehru’s democratic values, he enthused, “Nehru believed in democracy despite it being the toughest choice, given the state of the country after Partition.”

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