NEW DELHI: A Twitter spat between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Historian Ramachandra Guha started when the former sent out a tweet after attending a launch event of Narayani Basu’s biography VP Menon : The Unsung Architect of Modern India on Wednesday.
The tweet reads, “Learnt from the book that Nehru did not want Patel in the Cabinet in 1947 and omitted him from the initial Cabinet list. Clearly, a subject for much debate. Noted that the author stood her ground on this revelation.”
Guha retorted to this tweet with another tweet which read, “This is a myth, that has been comprehensively demolished by Professor Srinath Raghavan in The Print. Besides, promoting fake news about, and false rivalries between, the builders of modern India is not the job of the Foreign Minister. He should leave this to the BJP’s IT Cell.” Jaishankar could not let it go, so he gave a tongue-in-cheek reply through his tweet which goes, “Some Foreign Ministers do read books. May be a good habit for some Professors too. In that case, strongly recommend the one I released.”
Guha then sent out more tweets in response to this. In one of them, he shared the letter of 1 August where Nehru invites Patel to join the first Cabinet of free India, calling him the “strongest pillar” of that Cabinet.