PM’s baseless claims on Bose and Sardar Patel are poll gimmicks to mislead people

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It is known to one and all that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is wont to own and co-opt the master figures of history and claim that it is his government that is doing a lot to revive them and perpetuate their memory though there is hardly any truth to his false claim. During the election campaign or on the eve of polls this ingrained habit of the Prime Minister is displayed now and then to mislead the people. The recent example is the 75th anniversary of Azad Hind Sarkar when on September 21, the Prime Minister breaking the tradition of hoisting the national flag on the Red Fort on Independence Day only, unfurled the flag once again from the historic place and said that his government is committed to perpetuating the memory of Subhas Chandra Bose, also known as Netaji, while the previous government spent years together to promote one family only. To target the Nehru-Gandhi family and associate himself and his party with the historical figures is the second nature of the Prime Minister. Further he praised the Indian Army and said its strength is for self-protection. But whosoever poses threat to India’s sovereignty will be dealt with double the strength. It is an irony that India conducted surgical strike against Pakistan, but even after these strikes Pak firing is not letting up on the Indian border. The infiltrators continue to enter the Kashmir Valley.

Without naming Pandit Nehru, Prime Minister targeted the first Prime Minsiter of India for ignoring Subhas Chandra Bose. It is not sure whether the Prime Minister knows the history well or knowing facts he tried to distort them to mislead people. Though Gandhiji did not approve of the violent methods adopted by Netaji, but Jawaharlal Nehru supported the revolutionary leader till he joined Japanese forces which were fighting under the guidance of Hitler during the World War 2. When the British tried the veteran of Azad Hind Fauj personnel, ironically at the very Red Fort where Modi made his speech, Nehru and his father Moti Lal defended Bose’s Army. This was the bond of friendship between the first Prime Minister of India and the revolutionary leader. Narendra Modi has always targeted Pandit Nehru not only in India but also in foreign countries, he found fault with the first Prime Minister who laid down the foundation of economic and political development of the country for days to come and died at the desk while perusing the official files. His daughter and her son sacrificed their lives for the country. However, the Prime Minister and his party leaders are never exhausted of finding fault with his family.

The Prime Minister also spoke of Sardar Patel and B R Ambedkar and said no justice was done to them. Sardar Patel was the Deputy Prime Minister of the country and did invaluable service to integrate the princely states with the Indian Union. If there were some differences about the administrative decisions between the Prime Minister and his Deputy, they should not be blown up to show that they were opposed to each other. Why the Prime Minister or for that matter any other BJP leader did not admit openly that it was Sardar Patel who banned the RSS in the wake of the assassination of Gandhiji. The Prime Minister said if the country had been guided by Sardar Patel and Subhas Chandra Bose the situation would have been different. Sardar Patel was associated with the Congress and was in the government till he breathed his last. Bose was with the Congress under the leadership of Gandhiji till he formed his Army­ Aazad Hind Fauj. However, Naredra Modi’s mentor is Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who tendered his apology to the British government and asked his followers to join the British Indian Army and not Aazad Hind Fauj. B R Ambedkar was given the most prominent place and was asked to draft the constitution. He had chosen good legal principles from global constitutions, not something from Manusmriti, an article of faith for the RSS. Ambedkar championed the cause of Dalits who are being tortured and killed by Gau Rakshaks and high caste Hindus in Modi regime.

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