BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya shares affectionate pictures of Nehru with his sister and niece, claims this is Hardik Patel’s DNA

“It seems Hardik has more of Nehru’s DNA, contrary to what @shaktisinhgohil claimed,” tweeted BJP’s IT cell head Amit Malviya along with a collage of pictures of Jawaharlal Nehru with different women. Malviya seems to be offended by these nine pictures that led him to make insinuations linking Hardik Patel’s alleged sex CD to Nehru’s DNA. Let us take a closer look at these pictures to understand their context.

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This is not the first time that these pictures of Nehru with women have found their way to social media. These published pictures that have been in public space for years are often used by BJP supporters to portray Nehru as a womanizer.

Pic 1:

The woman giving Nehru a peck on his cheek in full public view is none other than his sister Vijaylakshmi Pandit. In 1949, Pandit was India’s ambassador to the United States. In the picture, she is seen as welcoming her brother on his state visit to the US.

In style Nehru meets sister Vijaylakshmi Pandit on his 1949 US visit
Nehru meets sister Vijaylakshmi Pandit on his 1949 US visit

Pic 2:

This is a picture of Nehru sharing a lighter moment with Edwina Mountbatten in public.

Nehru with Edwina Mountbatten
Nehru with Edwina Mountbatten

Pic 3:

Here is Nehru’s sister Vijaylakshmi Pandit once again. The picture is of the time when she was the Ambassador to Russia and is being received by her brother at Delhi Airport.

Nehru with sister Vijaylakshmi Pandit
Nehru with sister Vijaylakshmi Pandit

Pic 4:

Nehru is seen as smoking here. We are unclear what prompted Malviya to link his smoking with Hardik Patel’s DNA.

Nehru smoking
Nehru smoking

Pic 5:

This is a picture of Nehru congratulating Mrinalini Sarabhai after the Manushya performance in Delhi in 1948. As outlined in an article by Mint, “Mrinalini Sarabhai had a double connection with Jawaharlal Nehru—her mother Ammu Swaminadhan was a freedom fighter and a politician who knew Nehru well; her husband Vikram Sarabhai’s family too had a close association with him”. Sarabhai told Mint, “In those days, Kathakali was not approved of and not many people appreciated it, especially in Delhi. But Jawaharji came for the performance and afterwards he came to see me. He hugged me and congratulated me. There is a photograph of us together.” Little did she know that 70 years later, some perverted minds will circulate this picture to malign her and Nehru.

Nehru is congratulating Mrinalini Sarabhai after the Manushya performance in Delhi
Nehru congratulating Mrinalini Sarabhai after the Manushya performance in Delhi

Pic 6:

Jacqueline Kennedy visited India in 1962. In this picture, Nehru is applying a ceremonial “tilak” to American First lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Prime minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru applying tilak on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis First Lady of the United States. Express archive photo

Pic 7:

So we know from picture 4 that Nehru smoked. Here he is lighting a cigarette for Mrs Simon, the wife of the British Deputy High Commissioner, onboard the first BOAC flight in India.

Prime Minister Nehru with Mrs. Simon, the wife ofthe British Deputy High Commissioner, on board the first BOAC flight in India

Pic 8:

Nehru is seen in this picture with Edwina Mountbatten’s 18-year-old daughter. Mountbatten’s youngest daughter Pamela Mountbatten is with her parents, bidding goodbye to Pandit Nehru in New Delhi.

Lady Pamela Mountbatten, with her parents, bidding good-bye to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, in New Delhi. | Photo Credit: — HINDU PHOTO ARCHIVES

Pic 9:

In this picture, Nehru is being given a kiss by his niece Nayantara Sehgal on his arrival at London airport in 1955. You can also see Sehgal’s mother, Vijaylakshmi Pandit who was the High Commissioner to UK at that time.

Nehru being kissed by his niece Nayantara Sehgal
Nehru being kissed by his niece Nayantara Sehgal

To sum up the collage, three pictures where women are seen as showing affection towards Pandit Nehru by hugging or kissing him are pictures of his sister and niece. They point to nothing more than a natural and close family bond. Amit Malviya, the Head of the IT wing on India’s ruling party, placed these images out of context to portray Nehru in a negative light.

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