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1. Jawarhal Nehru was famous (or notorious) for his affair with a married woman; a love story with an ironical twist! Who was this lady?
2. According to the very controversial book 'Murder of Democracy' by Balraj Madhok, which of the following reasons was pivotal in ensuring that Nehru became the First Prime Minister of India?
3. This leader was pivotal in convincing Gandhi that Nehru should have been made the first prime minister of India; since then he publicly admitted to it being the gravest mistake in his entire life. He was so disillusioned with Nehru that he later became the 'patron saint' of a new party called 'Swantantra' party,and members of this party included ex-Congress members(who were more right wing in nature). Name this leader with 'no regrets'?
4. Who said, "those who attack Congress and spare Nehru are fools. They do not know the A.B.C of politics ... "?
5. In 1950, elections for the president of the Congress party, where Patel and Nehru nominated two different candidates for the post. It was the first test of popularity for the two leaders (within the Congress party). Needless to say, Sardar Patel's candidate was victorious by an overwhelming margin. Who was his candidate?
6. This leader led the opposition of Pt. Nehru; he was once a member of the Constituent Assembly; he resigned from the same after differences with Pt.Nehru. His mysterious death in Srinagar jail after his arrest in Jammu & Kashmir raised a lot of eyebrows. Even more strange was the wrong statement by Nehru in Lok Sabha (Parliament) regarding his death and the stubbornness of Nehru to order a judicial enquiry into this leader's death (despite demands from all quarters including Congress party members). Who was this leader?
7. After the defeat of his candidate in the 1950 Congress elections, Nehru reportedly asked one of his trusted lieutenants to form a separate party, so that in case things didn't work out for him in the Congress, he could 'switch' to this party. What was the name of this party?
8. While treaty commitments and vital Indian interests compelled India to ally herself with Tibet for a long time. However, dishonoring all such commitments, Pt.Nehru signed a treaty with the Chinese under which India 'recognised' Tibet as a part of China. What was the name of this treaty?
9. After the signing of the treaty in 1954, Indian-Tibet was converted into an Indian-Chinese border, which later resulted in border disputes between the two nations. Pt. Nehru, who claimed to be expert on international relations, didn't secure any written commitment from China with respect the Macmahon Line (which maps the borders of the two nations). Later when Chinese claims were made, Pt. Nehru claimed the Chinese Premier promised to respect the Macmahon line, a claim rejected by the Chinese Premier. Who was the Chinese Premier at that time?
10. Though initially Pt. Nehru stood by his Defence minister during the Indo-China war of 1962, he had to change his stance after widespread protests and when it became clear to him that if such a move was not taken, his own position would have come under threat. In short, this Defence minister was made the 'scapegoat' for the defeat in the Indo-China war. Who was this defence minister?
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