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"Nehru had no idea of economics. He talked of Socialism, but he did not know how to define it. He talked of social justice, but I told him he could have this only when there was an increase in production. He did not grasp that."
—Chester Bowles, then US Ambassador to India.
"...from talks with Jawaharlal [Nehru] fired with emotional zeal but often confused and unconvinced,.. that he [Patel] , instead of Nehru, would be younger of the 2, India would have followed a very different path & would be in better economic shape than it is today."
— JRD Tata
“You know, I never go to Nehru to seek advice or guidance. I take a decision & just present it to him as a fait accompli. Nehru’s mind is too complex to wrestle w the intricacies of a problem. Those who go to him for advice rarely get a lead, that only serves to delay..
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matters. Nehru does not understand economics, & is lead by the nose by ‘professors’ & ‘experts’ who pander to his whims & fancies. I do not know where we are going. The country needs a man like Patel.”
—Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, Nehru’s close friend and confidant
"I am the last Englishman to rule India!"
—Nehru

"…in my likes and dislikes I was perhaps more an Englishman than an Indian. I looked upon the world from an Englishman’s standpoint."
—Nehru
"Nehru is a friend of the English people. Indeed, he is more English than Indian in his thought & make-up. He is often more at home w Englishmen than w his own country. He wants Englishmen to go but Angreziat to stay."
—Mahatma Gandhi
"Nehru was completely out of touch with the Indian life even of his time, except with the life of the self-segregating Anglicised set of upper India who lived in the so-called Civil Lines."
—Nirad Chaudhuri, ‘Autobiography of an Unknown Indian, Part-II’
"...several ministers who used to squat on the floor and eat off brass plates or plantain leaves in their homes were now trying to ape Western ways. They contended that Nehru considered only Westernised people modern..."
—Durga Das, ‘India from Curzon to Nehru & After’
"Things went so wrong [in India-China War] that had they not happened it would have been difficult to believe them."
—S Gopal, Nehru's official biographer
"Nehru returned from Cambridge w notions of how an all-governing interventionist state can force people into happiness & prosperity through socialism.He sticks to this bias in spite of t demonstration of world experience against it.I hate the present folly & arrogance."
—Rajaji
"It seemed to me that Nehru should be the new President (of Congress hence PM). I acted according to my best judgement but the way things have shaped since then has made me to realise that this was perhaps the greatest blunder of my political life"
—Abul Kalam Azad
"I am afraid Nehru is responsible for the prolongation of the [J&K] problem through his willingness to compromise at every stage. Had Vallabhbhai [Patel] been the man to handle the Kashmir question, he would have settled it long ago. "
- NV Gadgil, Minister in the Nehru Cabinet
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