A few months before Nehru
had suffered a mild heart attack. But he had recovered from it quickly. He was certain
that he would live for some more years.
But he passed away on May 27, 1964.
Nehru was no more. It was unbelievable but true. One question echoed from Kashmir to
Kanyakumari: 'After Nehru, who?'
The leaders of the ruling party, the Congress Party, thought deeply over the question.
They counted a few suitable names on their fingers. Which of them was the best choice? Who
could be the Prime Minister?