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The shocking love triangle between Lord Mountbatten, his wife and the founder of modern India

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'At the stroke of the midnight hour when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.' Those powerful words, memorable to everyone who loves India, were uttered by the father of the modern nation, Jawaharlal Nehru, when the country became independent more than 60 years ago. Behind this famous 'tryst with destiny' speech lay a deeply personal fight to escape the domination of the British Raj, a struggle all the more meaningful because of Nehru's private life. For the handsome widower had formed a more than usually deep bond with, of all people, the beautiful wife of the chief representative of the occupying power, Edwina, Lady Mountbatten. If you came across their romance in a novel, you would dismiss it instantly as fiction. But the fact is the couple shared an extraordinary love. Their deep attachment lasted from the moment they met in 1947 in New Delhi until the day Edwina died 13 years later. It was such a meaningful relationship that even Lord Mountbatten himself found it best to turn a blind eye. Perhaps he even encouraged it, so that he could benefit from any insight into the Indian mind that his wife could pass him at this pivotal time in their history. This fascinating personal intrigue was to have been the basis of a new film, Indian Summer, starring Hugh Grant and Cate Blanchett as Lord and Lady Mountbatten. As for the handsome Nehru, rumour has it he was to be played by Irrfan Khan, star of the hugely successful Slumdog Millionaire. 'Dickie was devoted to Edwina, but awkward in bed' But so concerned are the Indian government to protect their favourite statesman's reputation that, after nine months of costly pre-production in Delhi, filming has been dramatically ordered to cease. Indian politicians have demanded to see the script to know just how explicitly the relationship will be portrayed. Hitherto, those who know the truth about the relationship between Nehru and Lady Mountbatten (including Mountbatten's two daughters) have always insisted the couple never consummated their great love, and that it was more spiritual than physical. But what is the real story? Certainly, there are aspects of Lady Mountbatten's early life that will shock India's ruling elite, who even today do not allow their Bollywood stars to kiss on screen. The spoiled favourite granddaughter of a Jewish financier close to the royals, Edwina Ashley was the richest and most glamorous deb of her time. In 1922, she married the handsome, though impoverished, 21-year- old Lord Louis Mountbatten. Known in the family as 'Dickie', he is nowadays best remembered as Prince Charles's great-uncle and mentor, tragically killed by an IRA bomb in 1979. Ostensibly it was the perfect match, but the sexually inexperienced couple had little in common. After a fumbling honeymoon, some of it spent in Hollywood, Mountbatten resumed his career as a naval officer. Meanwhile, the stylish Edwina, described as one of the six best- dressed women in the world, shopped at Chanel, played bridge, and danced the Charleston until 3am, sometimes with Fred Astaire. At weekends, their country home was full of guests (including the Prince of Wales) arriving in fast cars and even aeroplanes. Vain, charming and boyish, Dickie was devoted to Edwina, but still awkward in bed. He famously named her breasts Mutt and Jeff - the nicknames that World War I soldiers gave their campaign medals. To him, sex was unromantic, 'a mixture of psychology and hydraulics'. There were also mutterings that he preferred men. Things went downhill after their daughter Patricia was born in 1924. While Mountbatten doted on the new arrival, the passionate Edwina was pathologically jealous of her own child being the centre of attention. 'A divine little daughter. Too thrilling, too sweet,' she trilled to her diary - but then packed the baby off to nannies on the South Coast. The highly sexed Edwina then proceeded to look for lovers from all walks of life. Nehru, like both Mountbattens, had bisexual tendencies Her first was the aristocratic Lord Molyneux. He was followed by a rich, polo-playing American, Laddie Sandford, and then by Mike Wardell, the good-looking manager of a London evening newspaper. At times, she juggled all three at once. 'Lord Molyneux is in the morning-room and Mr Sandford in the library, but where should I put the other gentleman?' asked a desperate flunkey when they happened to visit together. While her husband was posted to Malta in the early Thirties, she turned to American golf champion Bobby Sweeny. Next came playboy Larry Gray, before she went on a Mexican cruise and jumped into bed with the elder of two Californian brothers, Ted Phillips, quickly followed by his sibling Bunny. This serial sexual gallivanting went on until the birth of her second daughter Pamela in 1929. By now, Mountbatten, too, was seeking other women. In 1931, he was flirting with the 18-year-old future Duchess of Argyll and even kept her photo in his cabin. 'The only photo of any girl!' he wrote to her. Later, there was Barbara Cartland and the Frenchwoman Yola Letellier, on whom Colette based her novel Gigi. Edwina was fiercely jealous, but she didn't think to change her own habits. Throughout the Thirties, she had dozens of admirers, known in the private slang of the Mountbatten circle as 'ginks'. As Mountbatten himself once put it: 'Edwina and I spent all our married lives getting into other people's beds.' She even dallied with conductor Malcolm Sargent, and then embarked on her most adventurous affair to date, with the bisexual West Indian cabaret pianist Leslie Hutchinson. Although Edwina successfully sued a newspaper for saying she had a black lover, there is not much doubt she conducted an on-off relationship with 'Hutch' for 30 years. She famously gave him a gold bracelet bearing her name, a gold cigarette case and, conclusively perhaps, a jewelled penis sheath from Cartier. This sexual track record seems like an unlikely apprenticeship for a woman to become the great love of the socialist founder of modern India. But Edwina, the social butterfly, also had a strong streak of idealism. Never one for empty titles, she seems to have climbed in and out of bed looking for a cause. With the onset of World War II, her tireless work in the bombed- out East End was followed by a spell in South-East Asia repatriating British refugees from prison camps and hospitals. Not for nothing did the blood of her great-great-grandfather, the distinguished 19th-century reformer Lord Shaftesbury, run in her veins. Mountbatten's war service culminated, of course, in the recapture of Burma from the Japanese. Beside her bed was a collection of his letters Indeed, both had such a successful war that in 1947 they were posted by the new Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee to Delhi, as the last Viceroy and Vicereine of India to facilitate the smooth transition of power to Nehru, the country's nationalist leader. While the young Edwina had been playing the field, the patrician Nehru had been working hard for his country. Born in 1889, son of a leading lawyer, he came from a rich and influential family with distinctly Anglicised tastes in clothes and culture. The boys were educated in England and the girls had English governesses who gave the children English names. Jawaharlal became 'Joe', his sisters 'Nan' and 'Betty'. After Harrow and Cambridge, Jawaharlal was called to the Bar in London, but he soon returned to India. In 1916, he had married the high-born Kamala, riding to his Maharajah-style wedding in Delhi on a white horse. But he had already come under the spell of the charismatic Gandhi, at the time a failed lawyer who, having been shabbily treated in British-owned South Africa, returned to his own country fired up against social injustice and determined to free it from foreign domination. Nehru sympathised with Gandhi's non-violent philosophy. At home, meanwhile, his frail wife started her own radical crusade to improve women's rights. Interestingly, the Nehru marriage somewhat mirrored that of the Mountbattens. In her 30s Kamala developed into an irresistibly attractive woman who was always surrounded by infatuated young men, including Feroze Gandhi (no relation to the Mahatma), the future husband of her daughter, Indira, who would of course later became the country's fiery leader. Many people are convinced Kamala and Feroze conducted a long and satisfying affair. However, Kamala died at a young age of tuberculosis in 1936. And though Nehru had also had affairs, he never remarried. His only love now was his country - until he met Edwina Mountbatten. It wasn't Edwina's first visit to India - she had engineered an invitation to the Viceregal Lodge before her marriage in hot pursuit of Mountbatten, who was also staying there. Neither was it the first time she had met Nehru. She and Dickie had warmed to the man, whose aquiline features resembled Mountbatten's own, in Singapore in 1946. Its a big article don't want to bore you. If you are intrested read below. So this how india and pakistan was formed. We have this nehru guy picture in my school when I was studying does he really deserve to be there. source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1216186/The-shocking-love-triangle-Lord-Mountbatten-wife-founder-modern-India.html

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^ Modi fanboyzz are jealous because Modi does not get any action.
he does have a wife but doesn't live with her. In fact he has maintained no relations with her yet has his people watching her so she doesn't talk to the media etc.

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^Nehru is like what? He could've had consensual sex with whoever he wanted' date=' who are you to decide?[/quote'] He was the prime minister and if he sleeps around then their is no possibility of his decisions being influenced ?

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He was the prime minister and if he sleeps around then their is no possibility of his decisions being influenced ?
Totally depends on personality. Some guys will do anything to get into another woman's pants. Some guys will bed them and then ignore them. If sleeping with a politician was such a surefire way of garanteeing influence then every single lawmaker in the world would be chased by a dozen girls paid by the lobby groups..

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Have you read about the original Gandhi sleeping with young girls to test his celibacy? It borders on abuse of power and influence ....sick!! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1264952/A-new-book-reveals-Gandhi-tortured-young-women-worshipped-shared-bed.html
Well if he was sexually gratifying himself (which IMO is a possibility but against body of evidence, so i dont buy it) then it would be sick I suppose. If it was his whole 'temptation is right in front of you but you must resist to build character', it would come across as strange to us but is no different than some of the more draconian celibacy orders in history. My only problem with Gandhi is this: he got old and more interested in his cult of personna and being a 'guru/mahatma to millions of followers' than an independence leader. He pretty much relinquished major politics to Nehru by 1940 and only figured in talks to lend them credibility as a figurehead more so than a party interested in persuing his/her political agenda. Had India been autonomous after WWI, which is really what everyone in INC was hoping for (swaraj), we'd probably see Gandhi in a very different light than we do today- which is a remarkable politician who near the culmination of his life's ambition got bored with it and persued his own cultish stardom.

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Have you read about the original Gandhi sleeping with young girls to test his celibacy? It borders on abuse of power and influence ....sick!! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1264952/A-new-book-reveals-Gandhi-tortured-young-women-worshipped-shared-bed.html
Still a great man for india and was fantastic politician with good ideas and values. BUT NOT A SAINT!!!

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:agree: and people still treat him as the "mahatma" :(( sardar patel should have been given father of country title, or netaji
Sardar Patel. Netaji is a great character but his contributions towards independence are indirect. Definitely more indirect than Gandhi or Patel's contributions. Netaji was pretty much the most eligible bachelor in town- the man who clearly was the best candidate to lead INC but never got a fair shake. Then he spent the rest of his years fighting extreme odds which prevented any actual decisive contribution towards independence.

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Sardar Patel. Netaji is a great character but his contributions towards independence are indirect. Definitely more indirect than Gandhi or Patel's contributions. Netaji was pretty much the most eligible bachelor in town- the man who clearly was the best candidate to lead INC but never got a fair shake. Then he spent the rest of his years fighting extreme odds which prevented any actual decisive contribution towards independence.
i agree that netaji was fighting a lost cause with the INA, but never given the respect he deserved, just like Sardar Patel.

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Still a great man for india and was fantastic politician with good ideas and values. BUT NOT A SAINT!!!
Fantastic politician I agree...but good ideas and values .....I disagree. In this age and if all fact were out ...he would be labeled a hypocrite,pervert ,pedophile,abuser of power and influence. He was lucky to live in times when leaders could get away because only selective information was available to the people .

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>>>http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/ngier/gandtantric.htm I don't believe in the vilification of the dead but there is so much out there that it just doesn't appear to be here say. It is just too disturbing.
meh. on the balance of things, i will easily trade sexual depravity for quality leadership like he provided from 1918 onwards to 1934 or so.

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I some times wonder how much of our history of freedom struggle has been manipulated .
All history is manipulated to one extent or another, since history by the very definition, only leaves trace records of forces at play - social & political- while only focussing on military force (and even then, that too is fragmentary beyond 500 years ago or so for most of the world's history), leaving us (the current generation, whichever one it happens to be) to fill in the blanks and make history as they seem fit.

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bjp should fight the next election on this major issue. "gandhi and nehru were pervs just like the delhi rapists."
That would be BJP suicide. Truth never wins personality contests. People are not interested to hear how Gandhi might've been a sexual pervert, Mohammed a child molestor, George Washington a slave-raper, etc , even though it is the truth. Campaigning on 'Gandhi/Nehru = pervs' is about as smart as campaigning on 'Mohammed = child molestor' or 'George Washington/Thomas Jefferson = slave rapers' platform. Surefire way to get yourself killed or get a grand total of zero seats.

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We should apply today's legal age of marriage to all of our ancestors and try to find out how many rapists and pedophiles tumble out of everybody's personal family history.
until victorian era, it was pretty much the norm everywhere to consider a girl marriagable when she gets her period. With guys it is a bit more variable across the world, we find that boys aged 14-17 were usually considered 'marriage age'. Strange as it may sound, there are not as many rapists as you would like to think existed back in the day. This is because, women ( even as recently as some of our parents generations) were brought up to believe that it is their duty to please their husbands' sexual needs. As such, no, your great-great great grandpa who got married to your great great great grandma, probably at the age of 15 or 16, never raped her because she probably saw it as her obligation/duty to part her legs everytime he wanted it,however he wanted it. Therefore, no rape.

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I some times wonder how much of our history of freedom struggle has been manipulated .
when history is written a lot depends on who is writing it - its obvious that if someone from England is writing it then usually there would be some level of bias towards the English. Or if a Congress supporter writes it then for him the entire history of the freedom struggle would revolve around the Congress and its contribution. Everyone manipulates history to suit his/her own purposes.

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Have you read about the original Gandhi sleeping with young girls to test his celibacy? It borders on abuse of power and influence ....sick!! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1264952/A-new-book-reveals-Gandhi-tortured-young-women-worshipped-shared-bed.html
yeah read that too few years back,he slept with aabha and manu naked to check for erection,he preached celebacy

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when history is written a lot depends on who is writing it - its obvious that if someone from England is writing it then usually there would be some level of bias towards the English. Or if a Congress supporter writes it then for him the entire history of the freedom struggle would revolve around the Congress and its contribution. Everyone manipulates history to suit his/her own purposes.
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unfortunately what Nehru and Gandhi preached would be labelled as misogynist it's is always the fugly men and women who cry foul or people who are already married in dud arranged marriages. I pity those in arranged marriages. when a girl and boy want to get jiggy then let it be Bill Clinton went to become one of the greatest American presidents.

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unfortunately what Nehru and Gandhi preached would be labelled as misogynist it's is always the fugly men and women who cry foul or people who are already married in dud arranged marriages. I pity those in arranged marriages. when a girl and boy want to get jiggy then let it be Bill Clinton went to become one of the greatest American presidents.
when did that happen?

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when did that happen?
during his time he got US out of deficit and into surplus, during his tenure the US was not at war with any country after a long time, an unprecedented peace time, no hostilities against any foreign race, religion, culture, had an excellent secretary of state in Madeline Albright. handled the east African us embassy bombing well without invading any country and murdering thousands of civilians. no nonsensical profiling at the airports, no paranoia....

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The problem with 19-year old kids on the Internet is that they haven't come out of their diapers and have no sense of history who vent out their hormonal changes on a message board. These kids who support the fundamentalist extremist philosophy on the Internet (and by extension their support to Narendra Modi under the garb of economic development) are a disgrace to the great man Sardar Vallabhai Patel. The Sardar decried Hindu Raj as a "mad idea" and called people who want to remove Muslims from India as "worse than lunatics". Sardar backed secularism in our constitution and went against the fundamentalists of that era. It is best that the kiddies retreat back to their milk bottles and read a little bit of history first before trying to follow/criticize Sardar or Nehru or Gandhi. Easy to sit in front of a keyboard and champion for rights than be in the thick of the action when you can sh!t your pants. You are disgrace to the Iron Man of India.

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The problem with 19-year old kids on the Internet is that they haven't come out of their diapers and have no sense of history who vent out their hormonal changes on a message board. These kids who support the fundamentalist extremist philosophy on the Internet (and by extension their support to Narendra Modi under the garb of economic development) are a disgrace to the great man Sardar Vallabhai Patel. The Sardar decried Hindu Raj as a "mad idea" and called people who want to remove Muslims from India as "worse than lunatics". Sardar backed secularism in our constitution and went against the fundamentalists of that era. It is best that the kiddies retreat back to their milk bottles and read a little bit of history first before trying to follow/criticize Sardar or Nehru or Gandhi. Easy to sit in front of a keyboard and champion for rights than be in the thick of the action when you can sh!t your pants. You are disgrace to the Iron Man of India.
:hysterical::hysterical: finally the horns have come out. Please for your sake, dont claim to be a neutral commentator on Modi in the future :good:

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The problem with 19-year old kids on the Internet is that they haven't come out of their diapers and have no sense of history who vent out their hormonal changes on a message board. These kids who support the fundamentalist extremist philosophy on the Internet (and by extension their support to Narendra Modi under the garb of economic development) are a disgrace to the great man Sardar Vallabhai Patel. The Sardar decried Hindu Raj as a "mad idea" and called people who want to remove Muslims from India as "worse than lunatics". Sardar backed secularism in our constitution and went against the fundamentalists of that era. It is best that the kiddies retreat back to their milk bottles and read a little bit of history first before trying to follow/criticize Sardar or Nehru or Gandhi. Easy to sit in front of a keyboard and champion for rights than be in the thick of the action when you can sh!t your pants. You are disgrace to the Iron Man of India.
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:hysterical::hysterical: finally the horns have come out. Please for your sake' date='[b'] dont claim to be a neutral commentator on Modi in the future :good:
Can you please define the parameters of 'neutral commentator' , on the bais of which you can say 'i am a neutral commentator and I love modi' AND 'i am a neutral commentator and i hate modi' ?

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Can you please define the parameters of 'neutral commentator' ' date=' on the bais of which you can say 'i am a neutral commentator and I love modi' AND 'i am a neutral commentator and i hate modi' ?[/quote'] he claims to objectively critique modi on every plank, but when you are fundamentally opposed to the man and the ideology he stands for, how can you claim to analyze any of his policies, actions, etc without bias?

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