Turning a blind eye to promises made was almost a second habit to Jawaharlal Nehru & still is to the Gandhi family. It is no secret that Nehru’s life was immensely influenced by the British, & he was said to ‘dance to their tunes’. And the British, as we all know, were all about double-standards & deceit. This trait seems to have penetrated deep into the character of the Gandhi family as well.
The matter about Indira Gandhi’s death also had to it the element of ban on cow slaughter. On the subject of ban on cow slaughter & double-standards, an incident from Nehru’s rule comes to mind –
Before Independence Nehru used to say that he was abhorred by the disgusting smell outside slaughter houses & that being near one used to make his soul cringe. He said he wanted them closed down. When he became the Prime Minister, a bill on ban of cow slaughter was tabled in the parliament. Almost all MP’s (including Muslim MP’s) were in favour of the ban. Voting was to take place the next day. Next day, before the voting began, Jawaharlal Nehru said he wanted to say something. He got up & said that if the bill were to pass he would resign as Prime Minister! Obviously the bill was not passed.
Getting back to the Gandhi family, Indira Gandhi was said to have turned her back on a huge promise she had made. The ‘spiritual’ connect of the promise & her death is elaborated below –
Blessings for Victory
It was 1966 & Indira Gandhi was finding it difficult to ensure a victory for her in the next election. She visited Swami Karpatri ji – a very famous saint – & Acharya Vinoba Bhave for blessings. Both of them gave her their blessings but placed a condition – if she became the Prime Minister she would immediately bring an end to cow slaughter taking place in the country. In those days 15,000 cows were killed each day! Indira promised she would do so if she won, which she did.
A Gentle Reminder
After Indira Gandhi won, Acharya Vinoba Bhave visited her & reminded her of the promise she had made before the elections. Indira Gandhi said she needed some time to adjust to her responsibilities after which she would fulfill the promise. But, Indira never did. Swami Karpatri ji’s patience ran out & he decided to protest with his thousands of followers & other saints outside the parliament to ensure that the ban was implemented.
The ‘Lesser Known’ Genocide
Swami ji & his followers protested outside the parliament, but instead of succumbing to their justified demand, Indira Gandhi ordered to open fire! Many innocent saints & followers were killed. Enraged beyond words, Swami ji cursed Indira Gandhi that she would meet the same fate as his followers did.
We all know how Indira Gandhi died, & we all are forced to wonder that all this couldn’t have been merely a happenstance.
The day Swami ji’s followers were cold-bloodedly killed was Gopashtami – the most holy day for cow-puja – & the day Indira Gandhi was murdered was also Gopashtami!