Vastavam web :India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the country’s last vicereine Edwina Mountbatten deeply loved and respected each other but they did not a physical relationship, Edwina’s daughter Pamela Hicks nee Mountbatten has written in a book recently published in India. The book, “Daughter of Empire: Life as a Mountbatten”, was first published in 2012 in the United Kingdom and was recently brought to India as a paperback. According to a report on the book, Pamela writes that her mother and Nehru shared a “profound relationship” that bloomed after Edwina arrived in India along with her husband and India’s last viceroy, Lord Louis Mountbatten in 1947. Pamela was 17-years-old then and says that she saw the first stages of what would go on to become a relationship based on “equality of spirit and intellect”. “She found in Panditji the companionship and equality of spirit and intellect that she craved,” Pamela is quoted. Reading Nehru’s inner thoughts and feelings for her mother in his letters made Pamela “realise how deeply he and my mother loved and respected each other”.Pamela says that she was intensely curious to know more about the extent of the relationship between Nehru and Edwina. She wanted to find out whether or not their affair had been sexual in nature” but after having read the letters, she was utterly convinced it hadn’t been.