Jawaharlal Nehru refused US offer of permanent seat in UN in the 50s. He said China first!


“It is India’s right to have a permanent seat in UN Security Council”, thundered PM Narendra Modi recently, addressing the Indian Diaspora in Paris. Modi has now visited over 20 countries in an official capacity, unprecedented for any Indian prime minister in such a short span of time. We have almost reached the qualifying mark, but we are still struggling for a rightful place in the Permanent Security Council!


The United Nations, in its present form, does not reflect the realities of the contemporary world. The dynamics are different from what was prevalent in the early years. The USSR, for example, has wrecked itself, splitting into multiple States, significantly reducing its strength and say in world affairs. Meanwhile, China has grown from strength to strength. So has India, but it is finding it very difficult to make room for itself in the Permanent Security Council. There are roadblocks, with veto-wielding China not comfortable with the idea of allowing India to sit alongside five most powerful nations on earth.

India is poised to become one of the fastest growing economies in the world in about two years from now, under the astute leadership of Narendra Modi. This is the most up-to-date projection by the International Monetary Fund in the World Economic Outlook. In fact, the World Bank observed last week that India, by 2017, India will successfully displace China!


France, the permanent member of the UNSC, has already declared that it is in favour of expanding the UNSC, so that India could be accommodated.

But did it have to come to this? Did we have to depend on the whims and fancies of others?

If you haven’t studied history microscopically, you wouldn’t know that we were, in fact, offered a permanent seat in the UN, but the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, had a mind of his own. We are still paying for Nehru’s error of judgment!

Close to 60 years ago, the United States, then the almost undisputed superpower, had offered Nehru a place in the permanent UNSC. The US wanted India to take China’s place but Nehru turned down the offer.

The selected works of historians quote Nehru as telling Soviet Premier, Marshal Nikolai A. Bulganin, in 1955, on the US offer, “I feel that we should first concentrate on getting China admitted.”


To appease the Chinese, Nehru took a cowardly measure, ignoring India’s own long-term interest. He lacked the foresight and the wisdom to keep India’s interest ahead of any other country. The US had the power to influence and today, India would have been a permanent member without having to implore on world stage.

Look what happened next!

The Indo-China war!

Every Indian remembers the humiliation and disgrace faced in the Indo-China war of 1962!

Nehru, resigned to the fact that India will always play second fiddle to China, was keen on forming bonds with the Chinese and on April 29, 1954, signed an agreement with China – ‘The principle of Punchasheel’, accepting Tibet was a part of China. Nehru, anxious to seal the bond, conveniently ignored Tibet’s position.

While Jawaharlal Nehru, for all practical purposes, was prostrating before the Chinese, China was making grand plans to acquire Aksai Chin!


Even after repeated calls from Defence Minister, V.K. Krishna Menon, and Vallabh Bhai Patel, pointing towards China’s hidden agenda, Nehru remained unperturbed. His blind trust on the ‘Indo-China friendship’ left the Indian army exposed, unarmed and ill equipped!


Jawaharlal Nehru, even after making calls that were anti-Indian, had the gall to suggest in the parliament that, “Not a blade of grass grows in Aksai Chin; loss of Indian Territory to China is a loss too little.” A fellow parliamentarian, Mahavir Tyagi, pointing towards the bald head of Nehru, retorted, “Nothing grows there. Should it be cut off or given away to someone else too?” It was a retort that left Nehru red-faced.

Now and then China keeps on violating line of control and even claims Arunachal Pradesh state, as the southern part of Tibet. Well, Nehru’s mistake has made India pay off heavy losses till now!

The bloodshed in Kashmir (China plays a covert role)

Nehru again backed the wrong horse. Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw has gone on record, saying that Nehru was totally indecisive on Kashmir and it was Patel’s pushing that saw India take decisive action and secure the Valley from the advances of Pakistan.

Nehru, one fine day, announced on All India radio that he would raise the issue at the United Nations, and the decision to join India or Pakistan, or remain independent, will be made through referendum among the people of Kashmir. Since then, this single most damaging point has been surrounded by controversy, and demands for a referendum keep arising from time to time by the separatist elements.


Sooner, rather than later, we will be a part member of the UN Security Council. But the effort and time wasted on it could have been better used had Jawaharlal Nehru shown some sense of duty towards his mother country first.


  1. Freedom at Midnight by two foreign journalists clearly says Pakistan was created because of Nehru, Gandhi felt a sort of indebtedness to Motilal Nehru. Please read that also, Congress Bhaktas

  2. History being rewritten ? The stabbing in the back by China after signing “Panchasheel” is widely known. But why are we ready to experiment friendship with China even after repeated trams border incursions?

  3. Seems to be written by a pro-bjp writter!! Now, than “before” india is rightfull to get a position in the veto council. We should not bother ourselves by the mistakes of our past leaders and discriminate according to the political parties they are fealty to. In fact, we should work ourselves to becoming a great country and a nation worthy of respect from the world.

  4. Bhakton sudhar jao… itihas ko iss tarah mat badlo … kyn duniya ko bewakoof banate ho… kiya proof hai US ne seat offer ki thi India ko …. Hadd hoti hai Bhai… aur jis tarh aapne “astute” leadership ka paryog kiya hai ye aapke article ki nipaksta saaf kar deta hai… I will not be surprised if I found articles requesting for Gowalkar’s or Sarvarkar’s Photo on Indian Currency notes…. Jai ho… Do you know about the health budget that our astute leadership has reduced… ?? follow Modi but not blindly….

  5. What incomplete story telling..
    Washington Post reported that “India was offered a permanent seat on the council 55 years ago, in 1955. But that offer, made by the United States and the Soviet Union, was declined by India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru said the seat should be given to China instead.”.[25] The required council seat was then held by Taiwan (ROC). Prime Minister Nehru categorically denied receiving any such offer, formal or informal.[26] Even if India were to accept such offers assuming they were made, it would have required the United Nations charter to be amended to include India in place of Republic of China (Taiwan) in the Security Council or to expand the Council. It is not known whether the Taiwanese government representing China’s seat at the time in the Security Council would have vetoed the amendment or accepted the amendment under US pressure as Taiwan was solely dependent on the US for its protection from mainland China.

  6. Nehru is the greatest curse for modern India who ceded away India’s territory to Pakistan, lost to China, behaved like a coward and proved himself to be a womaniser with Edwina (if net allegations are true) and a liar, a manipulator in ensuring that no one his equal or better than him could survive. He did way with Bose and also with Mookherjee. Time to dethrone him and relegate the Nehrus as anti nationals and anti socials. No wonder he spawned a party of sycophants and bootlickers who exist even today.

  7. Well before Peoples Republic of China (PRC) was a member of UNSC it was Koumintag China which was its member. After Mao’s revolutions there, the Koumintag were corenered to a tiny island — Taiwan (formosa). So post revolt, PRC was given its rightful place in UNSC as was Russian Federation after fall of USSR. There was absolutely no question of US offering UNSC seat to India

  8. Firstly the poor author does not bother to mention the ” selected works of historians” which accuse Nehru of waving the right to get a permanent seat at UN. This is not just irresponsible journalism but outright propaganda. The Great Shri Shri Modi, under whose “austere” leadership the country is headed for is frankly not competent enough to take up the task. What will he do in UN? Proclaim that Indians back in 5th Century BC were busy doing Internet?

    What is also surprizing is the manner in which the author makes public her love and fasination for Mr. Modi – an accused against whom case is still pending in the court. If he goes to jail, then India will have a rare fortune to be ruled by a PM who spends his summer in Five Star Hotels and winter in Jail.

  9. First , there was league of nations which was converted into UNO, later on.Security council is an important part of UNO. U.S.A, U.S.S.R., Britain , China, France are the permanent members of it. We should try for a seat in the UNSC ,as history teaches us not to repeat the same mistake again.

  10. Nehru nothing but the creation of Gandhi at the cost of Subash Bose. Left historians made sure the text books taught in India is full of praise for Nehru and the dynasity politics practiced in India ensured it so happens.

  11. Hope Gandhiji had played no role to influence the choice of India’s First PM. In retrospect it appears Patel would have been the better choice, and the Nation saved of Mal- Governence over somany decades.
    Thank God Modi is here, Pray God the stupid Hindutva fanatics dont waste his precious time to undo all the ills that the nation is suffering from.

  12. All citizens of Hindustan should know the post-indipedence Sino-Indian Panchasheel fiasco perticularly the younger generation to modulate our future foreign policy with China,Afganistan,Pakistan & the South-East countries.The errors commited by our 1stever Primier need not be emphasised any further.That will only weaken our position in Inter-National erena.Now time has come to recognise the Govt.in exile of Tibet.China be checked mated in all inter-national issues with strong ties with Japan,USSR,& South-Asian countries.

  13. Long ago George Bernard Shaw defined politics as the last resort of schroundels. Perhaps Nehru was not in that class and that’s why he declined the offer and gave it to China. Naturally, there may be more interpretation of his action.

  14. Nehru was such a basted. He had no clue how to run a country like India. He mess everything issue like kashmir, China & UN. He had no vision he was a bagger and people like him wants that we should be bagger. Now time has been changed.


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