Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s death in Srinagar in 1953 continues to remain shrouded in mystery and for the past 60 plus years, the Congress has thwarted all attempts to investigate his death and deliberately tried to preserve the secrecy around his murder!
From the historical evidences and writings, it has always been amply clear that Jawaharlal Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah, the then chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, had a devious role to play. However, because Congress ruled for most part of the last six decades, it was easy and convenient to suppress the Congress-inspired tragedy.
Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was a humble politician, a barrister and an academician, who was the Minister for Industry and Supply in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet. There was always a sense of animosity between Nehru and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and the two couldn’t stay connected for long. Nehru had problems with Mukherjee’s ideologies and he never minced words while letting his feelings out. Mukherjee, not too keen to continue in such an environment of hostility and hatred, decided to leave the party, and gave birth to Bharatiya Jana Sangh in 1951. It later evolved into BJP.
Shyama Prasad Mukherjee never agreed with Jawaharlal Nehru’s policy on Jammu & Kashmir. He was also opposed to the views of Sheikh Abdullah and his three-nation theory! It was almost an anti-India suggestion and Mukherjee naturally opposed it vociferously
Shyama Prasad Mukherjee visited Kashmir on May 11, 1953, with a young Atal Bihari Vajpayee in tow. Nehru, by now, had taken a strong dislike to Mukherjee, who arrested the moment he put steps on J&K soil. It was obvious that he was arrested at Nehru’s behest, who was allegedly trying to avenge Mukherjee’s righteous and independent streak. Mukherjee was jailed like a common criminal and was placed in a decaying house.
Mukherjee was unwell and was suffering, but no heed was paid to his deteriorating condition. He had coronary troubles and was belatedly taken to hospital one and a half months after his arrest. Shockingly, he was injected with penicillin, despite having informed the doctor that he was allergic to the drug. No one listened, naturally. That would have defeated the purpose… Shyama Prasad Mukherjee breathed his last on June 23, 1953, leaving behind a mystery that would last for over 60 years.
It is the aftermath that is more conspiratorial. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s mother pleaded Jawaharlal Nehru for initiating an enquiry into his unexplained death, but Nehru bluntly denied it, saying he had personally looked into the matter and spoken to a few concerned people. He said he sees no murder. How could a PM of a country say such immature thing? His murder warranted a full-scale enquiry, but since Nehru was himself the defendant in the eyes of the public, he ensured there was no digging into the matter.
Jogamaya Devi, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s wife, discarded Nehru’s reasoning and demanded for an independent, impartial investigation. Nehru took it frivolously and refused to set up an enquiry commission. Only a guilty person would fear the exposure. Nehru has already been linked to a number of high profile deaths in his active days.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared a decade ago, in 2004 that Jawaharlal Nehru was undoubtedly behind Mukherjee’s death, citing it as a “Nehru conspiracy”. Others have questioned Congress’ unwillingness to probe his death.