Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India holds a separate place for children and youth in his life. His Modern science-technology and practical vision was well-liked by the youth. The same enthusiasm and dedication was also in the students of Banaras Hindu University, of whom later many became great writers, many became top scientists of the country. Apart from giving direction to the politics of the country, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru also represented the youth power of India.
During his visit to Banaras, he used to come to Banaras Hindu University and give speeches from the forums and meet all the students in hostels and departments. They used to exchange ideas of their interest, modern technology, and country service. Mahaman Madan Mohan Malaviya, the inspiration of Nehru Ji, used to understand the growing fame of Nehru Ji among the youth. Seeing this, Malaviya Ji used to invite him to BHU from time to time to inspire the youth in the campus. Even after Malaviya, he continued to come to BHU.
The student introduced himself to Nehru in a different way
He also used to attend many convocation ceremonies and student movements. While discussing one such incident, BHU’s former student union president (1974) Mohan Prakash said that Nehru once came to BHU and went to see the proceedings of the members of the students’ union. At that time, the Indian Parliamentary system had the same methodology as that of the students’ union. Introducing himself to the Prime Minister of the Student Parliament, Nehru, he said “I am the Prime Minister of here and lead 100% literate people, and you are the Prime Minister of India who represents 70 percent illiterate population”. On hearing such an introduction of Mahamana’s disciple, Nehru cheered and was impressed.
Amidst the agitation, he continued to meet BHU students
When it was a period of agitation in BHU, Nehru went to a room in the Ruiya hostel of the campus, and a student started saying that accusations of indecency were wrong on me. Citing the tenure of five-six vice-chancellors, he said that till today there was no heat and before that the vice-chancellor even sent me abroad for research work. Pausing in between, Nehru asks the student, from how many years are you studying here.
Nehru’s brilliant speech on Mahamana’s birth centenary
According to the book, Personality, gratitude and thoughts of Dr. Vishwanath Pandey, former public relations officer of BHU, in 1961, the hundredth birth centenary of Malaviya was celebrated when Prime Minister of India was Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. While addressing that Party, he said that Banaras Hindu University established by Malviya is going on with the intention of holding ancient knowledge, modern science, and their son i.e. Technology. Malviya ji had done the work of taking both the aspect of ancient culture and modern science of India and today the car of the development of India is moving fast on both these wheels of development. Nehru also said in his speech that Malaviya Ji was the most revered among the old leaders of the Congress, you can measure them from any yard of the world, you will find them very big.
Source: Dainik Jagran