Super long time readers of this blog will know that I complete five full years today. I remember starting this blog on a whim, not knowing how long and how far it would go. I can’t believe how this blog became a daily part of my life. For five years running. Except when I am somewhere like China, I have never stopped blogging.
I started this blog not to support BJP. Even though I am a BJP supporter, the BJP is almost secondary to the purpose of this blog. I started this blog to oppose the Dynasty. And all the fake narratives and fake history that their ecosystem has imposed upon us.
A few days back, I learned something new, which has now become my most favorite fact in the whole world. And ironically, it led me to agree with a JNU historian! Well, this
Apparently, there was a jail somewhere in India, at a place called Nabha in Punjab. Nehru stayed there briefly. But nobody remembers the place today and it’s in ruins. As the article notes:
“The Nabha jail is now located at a different place. Near the site of the old jail, then Punjab chief minister Beant Singh had got built a children’s park in 1992. However, successive governments have failed to preserve the cell where Nehru was imprisoned.”
Such neglect! Successive Congress governments failed to preserve this holiest of holy spots?
How could that be? One thing that the Dynasty and its Pidis rarely miss is a chance to showcase themselves. So how could it be that there is a jail where the Lord Nehru stayed and yet it has not been turned into a national place of worship?
It’s almost like Congress doesn’t want us to know the story of Nehru staying there. Which is weird, because Congress literally takes credit for everything from matchbox to missile. How could they forget?
From the HT article:
“Prof Chaman Lal, renowned chronicler of India’s freedom struggle and former professor at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who visited the Jaitu police station in Faridkot district and the cell of then Nabha jail in Patiala district recently, said both places were in bad shape.
“Nehru was detained for a few hours in the Jaitu police cell, while he was kept for around two weeks in the Nabha jail,” he added.
Prof Lal stated that compared to other jails where Nehru was kept, including Naini and Gorakhpur, he received ill-treatment at the hands of the police and jail authorities in Nabha.”
So sad! He faced ill-treatment at the hands of the police. How has this not been turned into a movie yet? Let’s find out more:
“Nehru was released from the Nabha jail only after he signed a bond that he would never enter the princely state again!” he said.
Ah! Thank you Prof. Chaman Lal for solving the mystery. So Nehru crawled out of jail by signing a bond that he would never return to the area…
Now you can guess why Congress governments were not excited to showcase the history of Nehru’s stay in Nabha jail. And listen to this:
Apparently, the jail cell really sucked. There was mud falling all over. And they were no arrangements for a bath. It’s almost like the oppressive government did not want jail to become a fun vacation for political prisoners.
So daddy intervened. Daddy knew the Viceroy. And so young Nehru signed a bond never to return and he was free again in just two weeks or so.
Cool. What an inspiring story of bravery and sacrifice by a great national icon. Maybe we should call him Bond. Jawahar Bond.
So what happens to freedom fighters whose daddy does not know the Viceroy? Well, they get vilified, even 70 years after independence.
Here is the kind of dress that Savarkar wore in the Andaman Cellular Jail:
Imagine how the jute would rub against the skin, tearing it to bits every moment of the day. Could you sleep in this? Could you stay awake in this? Imagine the misery.
This was not five star vacation/jail of the kind Nehru was used to, where the British build you a badminton court and you can have a rose garden. This was cellular jail. Sheer torture.
For long years, Savarkar lived under this yoke.
Remember how Nehru’s fellow prisoner complained about not being allowed to speak to the guards? Cellular jail means you are all alone. In case you don’t know, solitary confinement is often considered a violation of human rights. You would lose your mind quickly if you did not get to talk to any other human being.
Savarkar endured this. For years on end.
Poor Nehru. He didn’t have decent bath water and apparently not enough good fruits and veggies for two weeks. I wonder what the food and water was like in Andaman Cellular Jail.
This story has shaken me up. Above all it has shown me the power of the ecosystem to hide things in plain sight. It is not like Nehru’s adventure at Nabha was a secret. It was not banned information. It was “banned” simply because everyone who mattered chose to forget.
If no history book, no newspaper, no historian, no TV channel ever mentions it, that’s just as effective as banning. In fact, it’s even more effective. Because the ban is unwritten, it does not spark the natural curiosity of people to investigate around it.
Growing up in India, I was taught every useless, irrelevant detail about Nehru. His family tree, of course. Where he went to school. Where he went to college, everything. All sorts of stuff. The legend of his love for children. They made me sing praises for the dear leader. Heck…my school was literally named after him: Jawahar Vidya Mandir.
But they conveniently left out the part about our great leader crawling out of jail by signing a bond never to return to Nabha.
Hidden in plain sight.
And what about Savarkar? I first heard about him in Class 4, from a newspaper column about his mercy petition. My school textbook didn’t even mention Savarkar. But somebody, somewhere in the ecosystem made sure I knew about Savarkar’s mercy petition. It was the only thing they wanted me to know about him.
Like I said, this revelation has shaken me up. I can’t believe that all these years … all those Pidi voices on mainstream media and social media … screeching endlessly about Savarkar’s mercy petition. And they were hiding the fact that Nehru signed a bond to free himself from jail.
You know what would be even scarier? That those people weren’t even hiding anything deliberately. They just didn’t know about Nehru’s bond. They also went to school in this country. They likely never heard about the bond at all.
I just want to repeat this. Think of all the potshots and insults thrown at Savarkar. Every day. Think of how he is vilified. And now imagine the spectacular hypocrisy of Nehru bhakts doing it. It is a bit like Saudi Arabia lecturing us on the rights of women.
Now let me come to the part where I agree with the JNU historian. Indeed, it is a pity that the Nabha jail cell is in bad shape. Let’s restore it. In fact, let us build a national museum around it. Let us have daily light and sound shows about how Nehru got out after signing a bond. How his daddy contacted the Viceroy for him. Let’s make this place and this story famous.
Well, if you have enjoyed my blog in the last five years, I ask you for this gift. Tell every single one of your friends the story of Bond.