02/06/2009


Sri Babu promoted L N Mishra, reveals recently released letters to Nehru

 

Patna, (Bihar Times): President Pratibha S Patil recently released the book entitled Freedom and Beyond, a 143-page book based on the letters written by the first Bihar chief minister, Shri Krishna Sinha, (1947-61) to the first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.


The letters compiled by former Union minister and veteran Congress leader, L P Sahi, among other things, highlight how Sri Krishna Sinha was instrumental in projecting the late Union minister Lalit Narain Mishra in national politics in the 1950s.

Sri Babu, as he was known, wrote letters to Pandit Nehru requesting him to appoint Mishra as parliamentary secretary and then subsequently minister in his cabinet.  Mishra rose to become the railway minister of India and it was in this capacity that he was killed in a bomb attack at Samastipur railway station in January 1975.

These letters were exchanged between Nehru and Sri Babu in the late 1950s. One of Nehru's letters to Sri Babu was written on May 27, 1957, in which he replied: "I am afraid it is not possible for me at this stage to add to our deputy ministers. I am, however, appointing him (L N Mishra) as parliamentary secretary. He will be attached to Planning and, more especially, to public participation."

In another letter on August 23, 1959, Sri Babu wrote to Nehru saying, "I venture to remind you of my recommendation made more than once that you may kindly consider the appointment of L N Mishra (parliamentary secretary attached to Nandaji) as deputy minister. I would not have repeatedly given you this trouble which may now amount to excession had I not known him intimately. I request you once more to consider his case."

The following day, that is on August 24, Nehru replied: "As I have told you, I have a high opinion of his work. Normally I would gladly have acted upon your suggestion. But I have a difficulty at present. This has nothing to do with any ministry, but with the number of ministers who are already functioning."

Apart from this the Nehru-Sri Babu correspondence discusses various important subjects such as Indian democracy in the early years of Independence, Centre-state relations, role of governor, turbulence in Nepal, Zamindari abolition and education scenario.

Sahi is thankful to R C Sinha, who had worked as private secretary to Sri Babu, for providing rare letters of Nehruji to him. Sinha, according to Sahi, preserved these letters for over four decades. Recently he handed over all such letters to Sahi for making good use of them.

 

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