PM Modi gives Pt Nehru a miss even while African leaders shower praises

New Delhi: Though PM Narendra Modi gave back to back speeches at the Indo-Africa Forum Summit, he did not utter a single word about Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and his contribution to Indian-African relations despite the African leaders heaping praises on the nation’s first prime minister.

South African President Jacob Zuma and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe were among those who mentioned, during their speeches at India-Africa Forum Summit here, the contribution of the Gandhi and Nehru families in strengthening ties between the continent and India.

Calling Nehru an active participant at the famous Bandung Conference in Indonesia in 1955 and subsequently a founding member of the Non Aligned Movement in 1961, they said the principles enshrined in the Non-Aligned Movement were reflected in our South-South solidarity interactions in today’s challenging times.

Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh had last night stayed away from the dinner hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for African leaders, apparently sending a message that it was outraged over the “insult” to the legacy of Nehru.

With agency inputs