Nehru Once Said 'India Second, China First': S Jaishankar On UNSC Debate

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar highlighted Nehru's stance during India's offer of a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, alleging that Nehru once stated, "India second, China first".
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (File Photo)

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New Delhi: In a scathing attack on past Congress governments, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar accused former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of prioritising China over India in matters related to India's permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Speaking at the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi, Jaishankar highlighted Nehru's stance during India's offer of a permanent seat in the UNSC. He alleged that Nehru, at that time, remarked, "India second, China first."
"...when the debate of a permanent seat of the UN (Security Council) came and it was being offered to us, Nehru's position was we deserve the seat but first China should get it. We at present are following India first policy, but there was a time when Nehru said India second, China first," he said.
Jaishankar's remarks came amid ongoing discussions about India's approach towards territories like POK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) and areas occupied by China.
The minister referenced historical warnings from Sardar Patel, India's first home minister, about the Chinese threat. Patel had cautioned Nehru about China's intentions, urging precautions, Jaishankar said. However, Nehru dismissed these concerns, underestimating the Chinese threat, the EAM claimed.
"In 1950, (then home minister) Sardar Patel had warned Nehru about China. Patel had told Nehru that today for the first time we are facing a situation on two fronts (Pakistan and China) which India had never faced earlier. Patel also told Nehru that he does not believe what the Chinese are saying as their intentions seem different and we should take precautions," the minister said.
"Nehru replied to Patel that you are unnecessarily suspicious of the Chinese. Nehru also said it is impossible for anybody to attack us from the Himalayas. Nehru was totally dismissive (about Chinese threat)," Jaishankar said, adding that everyone knows what happened subsequently.
Furthermore, despite Patel's reservations, Jaishankar criticised the decision to take the Kashmir issue to the UN. He questioned the wisdom of seeking justice from a biased judge, referring to the UN's involvement leading to pressure against military action to reclaim POK.
"If you know that the judge is partial, would you go to seek justice from him? But that's what happened, the issue was taken to the UN and immediately a lot of pressure came to stop the military exercise (to reclaim POK)," he said, adding "today we have ended up in these situations due to mistakes of the past."
"Today when we talk about our boundaries, some say rewrite our boundaries. Our boundaries are still our boundaries, we should never ever doubt that," the External Affairs Minister said.
Jaishankar emphasised India's commitment to its boundaries and cautioned against doubting them, asserting that past mistakes have led to current challenges.
He concluded by affirming the current government's "India first" policy, in contrast to Nehru's purported stance of prioritising China over India in UNSC matters.
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