Dr. S P Mukherjee to Nehru:-What do you care for us Bengali Hindus? What do you care for the criminal assaults on our women?’
DR S P MUKHERJEE,
THE DEFIANT LAMP OF FEARLESS HINDU NATIONALISM-II
THE SUDDEN AND MYSTERIOUS END OF DR SHYAMA PRASAD MUKHERJEE
ALL INDIA GENERAL SECRETARY (IDEOLOGY) JANATA PARTY
In PART I of this story I had written about how Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was a true and fearless nationalist. He died under mysterious circumstances on 23 May 1953 while under illegal detention without a trial in a private home in Srinagar, in Kashmir. It is a known fact that Maulana Nehru had unconcealed contempt for the Hindus of India in general and the Hindus of Bengal in particular. On the other hand his infatuation for the Muslims of both India and Pakistan was total and indivisible. Further, he had a special regard and consideration founded on unrequited love for Sheik Abdullah for a lifetime. At the same time he had nothing but Islamic hatred and evangelical contempt for Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.
The Liaquat–Nehru Pact was signed by Pakistan‘s Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan and Indian Prime MinisterJawaharlal Nehru in New Delhi on April 8, 1950. The pact was the outcome of six days of talks between the two Prime Ministers in Delhi. It sought to guarantee the rights of minorities in both countries after the Partition of India and avert another war between them.
Dr. Mukherjee completely disagreed with Maulana Jawaharlal Nehru on the issue of the 1950 Nehru Pact with Pakistani Prime Minister Liaqat Ali Khan, Dr. Mukherjee was firmly against Nehru’s invitation to the Pakistani PM, and their joint pact to establish minority commissions and guarantee minority rights in both countries. He wanted to hold Pakistan directly responsible for the terrible influx of millions of Hindu refugees from East Pakistan, who had left the state fearing religious suppression and violence aided by the Sate. Dr. Mukherjee condemned Nehru’s action as a disastrous policy of Muslim appeasement. He was hailed as a great hero by the people of West Bengal.
On 6th April 1950, Dr S P Mukherjee, who was Minister for Industry and Supply, resigned from the Jawaharlal Nehru Ministry as a mark of angry protest against the Indian government’s appeasement policy towards Pakistan. In a Cabinet meeting held in the afternoon of that day, Dr S P Mukherjee told Nehru: ‘When Muslims in Kashmir were attacked you sent the Indian Armed Forces and spent crores of rupees. What do you care for us Bengali Hindus? What do you care for the criminal assaults on our women?’
This is quoted in a book called ‘Soundings in Modern South Asian History’ edited by D A Low, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London in 1968. In the same book it has also been reported that Pundit Nehru stood up and began to advance menacingly towards Dr S P Mukherjee. For a moment it looked as if the Cabinet meeting would become a battle field. The other Ministers present tried to pacify Dr S P Mukherjee and Pundit Nehru. When things came to such a pass, Sardar Patel the meeting should be adjourned’. cleverly left the meeting. He was soon followed by other Ministers. Nehru reacted with relief in the following manner: ‘Half the Cabinet has gone away. I think.
Nehru in 1950 because he came to the firm conclusion that the Government of Maulana Nehru was working Round-the-clock only for the welfare and development Dr.Shyama Prasad Mukherjee resigned from the non-Government of Maulana of Terrorist Muslims of both Pakistan (East and West) and India. Maulana Nehru’s Government was not concerned at all with the Majority Hindus of India. Maulana Nehru had unconcealed contempt and hatred towards all the Hindus of India in general and the Bengali Hindus of undivided Bengal in particular. Dr.Shyama Prasad Mukherjee earnestly felt that the attitude of Maulana Congress Party towards the Hindus of Independent India was in no way different from the attitude of the Muslim League of Mohammed Ali Jinnah towards the Hindus in West and East Pakistan. So in short Dr.Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was shattered and traumatised by the stark fact that the Hindus of India were politically orphaned and put in a rudderless ship on an uncharted sea.
It was in such a mood of righteous indignation arising from the betrayal of the Hindus of India, that Dr.Shyama Prasad Mukherjee felt the imperative national need for creating a new Political Party rooted in the timeless traditions of Sanatana Dharma to protect all the people of India in general and the Hindus of India in particular who had been reduced to the position of political orphans by the essentially pro-Islamic, pro-Christian and virulently anti-Hindu Government of Maulana Nehru. That is how the new Political Party called the Jan Sangh was created by Dr.Shyama Prasad Mukherjee on 21st October, 1951.