India-Pakistan would have remained united had Jinnah been made PM instead of Nehru, said Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama while addressing a group of students in Goa.
NEW DELHI: “Mahatma Gandhi wanted to give the prime ministership to Jinnah. But Nehru refused. He was self-centred. He said, ‘I wanted to be prime minister’. India Pakistan would have been united (if Jinnah was made prime minister). Pandit Nehru is very experienced. But mistakes do happen,” said Dalai Lama as he answered a question from students in Goa.
He was interacting with students at Goa Institute of Management.
A student asked him how can one be sure of the decisions one makes, and if they can avoid making mistakes. Dalai Lama chose Nehru’s “decision” to explain that “mistakes do happen”.
Pakistan was carved out of India in 1947 leading to bloodbath as one of the largest migrations in the world history took place.