Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lashed out at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, saying India’s first prime minister thought Indians were lazy.
“Nehru ji had said from the Red Fort that Indians are not in the habit of working hard. He said that we Indians do not work as hard as those in Europe, Japan, China, Russia and the United States. Nehru ji thought Indians are lazy,” the Prime Minister said in his reply to the ‘Motion of Thanks’ to the President’s speech in the Lok Sabha.
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In his address to the nation in 1959, Nehru had said: “How does a community grow? It is through hard work. Our country will progress through hard work and generate wealth. If we look at the prosperous countries around the world How did they achieve it? Is it through hard work?
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“In India people are not used to working hard. It’s not our fault. These habits are ingrained because of the situation. But we do not work as much as the people of Europe, Japan, China, Russia and the United States do. Don’t think that those countries became prosperous by magic, but by working hard. We have no option but hard work and intelligence,” Nehru had said.
Prime Minister Modi also attacked Indira Gandhi during his speech in the Lok Sabha. “Indira ji did not think differently than Nehru ji. She had said from the Red Fort that when a good deed is about to be done, we are filled with joy. But in times of distress, we lose hope,” Modi said.
“Looking at the people in the Congress today, it seems that Indira ji could not correctly evaluate the people of the country, but she evaluated the Congress absolutely correctly,” Modi said.
“The mentality of Congress is that it has never trusted the country’s capacity. They considered themselves rulers and the public as someone inferior, someone smaller,” the prime minister said.