What does the phrase "enough poison spread" mean in Nehru's speech about Gandhi?in the lesson jawaharlal nehru delivers the eulogy for gandhi

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Nehru understood the political landscape in a post- Partition India better than most.  He recognized that the increasing tensions between Hindus and Muslims and other groups could yield to disaster for the new nation.  Gandhi's murder helped to bring this to an extreme light.  "Bapu," the father of the Indian Independence Movement, was brought down by an Indian's bullet.  The man who served as the symbol of the Indian movement for freedom from the British was not killed in battle, nor destroyed by a British sword.  Instead, it was one of his one countrymen who killed him.  This proved to Nehru that things were devolving into sheer anarchy and the political hold of power by his Congress party would be in severe jeopardy if there could not be a seizing of this moment to stop further political instability.  The call of "enough poison spread" was a plea to gain some level of calm and domestic tranquility so that politicians like himself could ensure that more deals were made to ensure that political order could be reestablished.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First, just to be precise, this phrase was spoken in Nehru's radio address announcing Gandhi's death, not during his eulogy of Gandhi.

What Nehru is saying here is that there has been too much talk of hatred in India during this time.  He is saying that people have come to be so anti-Muslim and so nationalistic that a Hindu would think that it was okay to kill Gandhi for being too kind to Pakistan.

So the poison that he is speaking of is hatred.  He is saying that there has been too much of it and that people need to "root out" that poison and deal with their problems the way Gandhi would have wanted them to.