Nehru studies centre opens in varsity

Madras Institute of Development Studies former director V K Nataraj being felicitated by Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof T C Shivashankara Murthy in Mangalore University on Thursday. Registrar Chinnappa Gowda looks on.

When books analysing Gandhi’s ideologies appear today, very few appear on Nehru, opined Madras Institute of Development Studies former director V K Nataraj.

Inaugurating the Nehru Studies Centre at Mangalore University on Thursday, he said that Nehru was one of the principal architects of development.

He was a strong pillar in the implementation of Constitution and a great believer of political democracy.

He was a pioneer in suggesting secularism and a man of scientific temperament.
India is today an IT revolution and industrial forward country due to the economic foundations laid by Nehru, he said.

He also added that Nehru was a leader of international stature but suffered due to economic backwardness in the country during his time.

Ironically, though the country is economically forward today, it lacks leaders such as Nehru, he said.

Presiding over the programme, Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Professor T C Shivashankara Murthy said all top Institutions of India are a brain child of Nehru.

With 2.5 per cent growth in economy, he managed to develop polices and bring in development, he said.

Regretting on one of Nehru’s decisions, he said that in case if Nehru had not gone to United Nations Organisation asking for help during India Pakistan partition and instead set the Indian army lead by General Carriappa, there would not have been Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the problems that the country now faces.

Nehru Studies Centre is a UGC sponsored programme. Professor R Sashidhar will be the director of the Study Centre.

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