Nehru was ready to give up PM's post for Edwina's love: Pamela
Lucknow: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences and penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope.” The definition of love given by noted American poet Maya Angelou sounds to be recounting an old love tale of the first Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten, the wife of last viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten. No sacrifice is too great for the lady love. This is as true in case of others as the late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
This view has been also supported by Lady Pamela Hicks, the daughter of Edwina and Lord Mountbatten. In her autobiography, ‘Daughter of Empire’ (2012), she says that Nehru was 'so weak at his knees' for Edwina that he could give up anything for her, even the Prime Minister’s gaddi.
The book authored by Stanley Wolfer -- ‘Tryst with destiny’ also talks about their love story. In addition, the book says that Nehru was so overwhelmed that he was even ready to settle in London for the sake of the lady of his dreams – Edwina.
The relationship between the two was termed ‘chivalric and spiritual’ by Pamela, who is in her late eighties.
“It was a spiritual and intellectual relationship, not a sexual one,” said Pamela, explaining the kind of love Edwina and Nehru used to share.
Insane love between Nehru and Edwina:
Pamela also claimed that she had a suitcase full of Nehru’s love letters to her mother, which were sent by him after she settled in England.
“Towards the end of the fifteen months we spent in India, the immediate attraction between my mother and Panditji blossomed into love,” maintains Pamela in her book.
Edwina gifted Nehru a gold bracelet bearing her name along with a gold cigarette case when she was bidding adieu to him.