A LETTER TO PANDIT JAWAHARLAL NEHRU BY SRI GOUTAM DHARMAPA
It will be considered a matter of great audacity to give any advice on a matter which is of grave importance to a person of your status who is not only an elder but hundred times greater than me in wisdom and statesmanship. But I have dared to address you this personal letter by a higher prompting and that after reading in today’s papers your speech at Madras about Hydrogen Bomb and spiritual power.
I feel that Mother India is passing not only through a political and economical crisis but also through a great moral and spiritual crisis. I too believe as you told in one of your speeches that 1957 is going to be a crucial year when great things will be formulated in the bosom of history.
Coming events have cast their shadows from before and the first month of 1957 has already put us in a great crisis. I mean the Kashmir Problem. This problem is going to be a test as well as a solution to our crisis. Since our struggle for freedom this communal problem more than even the sufferings of political fight against the British has been our crucial problem. The greatness of India will immerge only when this problem is solved in all respects. Divisions or shelving of the problem cannot solve it. We have to go at the roots of the problem and create a new vision and synthesis which alone can solve it. Bapuji tried in his own way to solve this Gordian’s knot but the Destiny might have willed otherwise and he became a martyr at the hand of one of our own fanatics. But his martyrdom itself is a proof that we shall have to solve this problem and make mother India the true spiritual leader of the world for which she has survived all these thousands of years.
Like Bapuji, we too have never accepted the Partition of India as a final and settled fact. From the depth of my heart I believe that India is going to be one and United (indivisible) in the near future by whatever means & method. Of course as human beings we will prefer that this Unity be achieved by peaceful and natural means. But Nature is not nonviolent. It takes its own course and no human agency can stop the course of destiny.
To come to the problem, I have the feeling that in the solution of Kashmir Problem lies the solution of the great problem of Unity of India. Now I give below the idea that has suddenly struck to me today morning.
As truly democratic people we have to accept that the future of an area should be decided by a free and fair plebiscite. Let us accept it as a principle. But then even the division of India was not done on that principle. It was simply accepted by the major political parties and the Legislative members of the respective assemblies just as Kashmir has decided to merge with India. If the United Nations is not ready to accept the verdict of the people of Kashmir, we demand that there be a plebiscite throughout India and Pakistan on this issue of Division – or at least let there be a plebiscite in East Bengal where there are both Hindus and Muslims who desire to come with India. Hindu as well as some Muslim Refugee ( settling in Assam ) are a clear proof to this demand. And let East Bengal too be divided on the basis of the proportion of population desiring to remain with India.
I know this demand will create a great uproar in the leaders of Pakistan. But to bring to books the shrewd and treacherous leaders of Pakistan we have to make a strong demand as this without worrying for the difficulties on the way. Difficulties are meant to be overcome and we grow stronger only by overcoming such difficulties.
I do not know how much consideration you will give to this idea but I request you to consider the whole matter calmly and quietly and take your decision as you deem best.
I am not a politician nor I desire at present to go for politics, till I feel that I am well established in my spiritual progress. This is only a Nishkam Karma – as a duty to my nation that I must convey the idea that has come to me as a sudden flash.
With reverence and Pranams,
Most respectfully yours,
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