Nehru, the most visionary leader of all time: Yashpal

Adil Raza Khan

yashpal_historian400The second day of the Indian History Congress at Jawaharlal Nehru University commenced with an outstanding lecture on the topic “Science & Society: The Nehruvian Foundation”.

The session started with the opening remarks by Prof. Sudhir K Sopory, Vice-Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The inaugural address was delivered by eminent scientist, noted educationist and former Chancellor of JNU, Proffesor Yashpal. Delivering his august speech before the historians and research scholars, he recalled his memory and shared some personal incidents and experiences with the Father of Modern India and the first Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.

Giving attention to the topic, Prof. Yashpal referred Nehru as the most visionary leader of all time.  With reference to his scientific temper, he said that “the foundation he laid can never be ignored in achieving success and development so rapidly”.

Nehru’s scientific approach was not merely a path to achieve success in infrastructure, agriculture, industrial and other scientific development but it was actually a thought for the social development too, he added.

Adding more to this, he spoke to the audience about current challenges towards maintaining cultural diversity and fraternity in our country. He reiterated that Nehru’s appeal to scientific temperament can play significant role to deal with it.

The other speaker, R B Singh, former President of Indian Council of Agriculture Research talked about Nehruvian foundation of agricultural development.

R B Singh pointed out that the importance of agriculture is deeply reflected in Nehru’s life. He illustrated this by referring to Nehru’s historical speech on the eve of India’s independence, ‘Tryst with Destiny’, where he stated that “everything else may wait but not agriculture”.

Another speaker,  M K Bhan, former secretary, Dept. of Biotechnology said that “true leaders have to worry about the future and of course Jawaharlal Nehru had the ability to visualise future of a century”. His future vision is reflected in the area of Public Health & Medical Sciences too. The institution like All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and PGI’s are the examples of Nehru’s contribution to the Medical Sciences.

The session was concluded by Prof. Sudhir K Sopory. He appealed to the future historians to write down scientific development more extensively for the betterment of the citizens and the welfare of the nation as a whole.