21st July 2012
I chanced upon this article by Ramachandra Guha.
I'm very pleased that Indians – both a jury and the general public through net voting – have considered Amebedkar to be the greatest Indian since Gandhi. Maybe Rajaji should have taken that slot, but I'm happy for Ambedkar, a predominantly classical liberal thinker, to get this recognition.
What is heartening is that even though intellectuals (who are generally out of touch with reality) STILL consider Nehru to be the co-recipient of this status, the rest of India thinks that Nehru should come 15th!
I'd rate Nehru higher, but this at least tells us that Indians are no longer enamoured of Nehru's ideas.
In the jury vote, B.R. Ambedkar and Jawaharlal Nehru tied for first place; each had 21 votes. The online poll also placed Ambedkar in first place, but ranked Nehru as low as 15th, lower than Vallabhbhai Patel, Indira Gandhi, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Even Sachin Tendulkar, A.R. Rahman, and Rajnikanth were ranked higher than Nehru by Net voters. [Source]
In the jury vote, the industrialist J.R.D. Tata and the social worker Mother Teresa were ranked immediately below Ambedkar and Nehru.
According to me, JRD's selection is JUST RIGHT.
I would rank thus:
2. Sardar Patel
4. JRD Tata
5. Nehru (for contributions to democracy)
6. Vajpayee (for contributions to democracy)
7. Jayaprakash Narayan
My blog posts on Ambedkar