Jaishankar & Ramachandra Guha In Blazing 'Do You Read?' War; EAM Rebuts Author's Attack

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S Jaishankar on Thursday gave a befitting response to historian Ramachandra Guha after the latter tried to discredit him for criticizing Jawaharlal Nehru.

Written By Jay Pandya | Mumbai | Updated On:
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday said that he got to know from VP Menon's autobiography that the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru did not want Vallabhbhai Patel in his Cabinet in 1947. Taking a jibe at Jaishankar, historian Ramachandra Guha called it a "myth" and said "besides, promoting fake news about, and false rivalries between the builders of modern India is not the job of the Foreign Minister. He should leave this to the BJP’s IT Cell." Jaishankar has now responded.

'Some Foreign Ministers do read books'

Hitting back at Guha, S Jaishankar on Thursday said that "Some Professors should read some books too" and he recommended him the book that he released. Replying to Guha's tweet, Jaishankar wrote, "Some Foreign Ministers do read books. Maybe a good habit for some Professors too. In that case, strongly recommend the one I released yesterday."

The Minister on Wednesday said that the exercise of writing history for politics in the past needs honest treatment. "Exercise of writing history for politics in the past needs honest treatment. "When Sardar (Patel) died, a deliberate campaign was begun to efface his memory. I know this because I have seen it, and at times, I fell victim to it myself. " So says VP Menon," tweeted Jaishankar.

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The book 'V.P. Menon: The Unsung Architect of Modern India' released by Jaishankar is written by historian and analyst Narayani Basu. Basu is the great-granddaughter of V.P. Menon, a British-era civil servant, who was political reforms commissioner to multiple viceroys. Menon played a key role in overseeing the Partition and integration of princely states into the Indian Union and worked closely with Sardar Patel in the period after independence.

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