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By: Shachi Rairikar
June 09, 2007
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(The author is a Chartered Accountant working in a software company in
Indore, M.P., India and manage www.indpride.com)
Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev had to face the ire of the Congress when he had
expressed his opinion that saying India had achieved independence without
arms, without bloodshed, was an insult to the country?s martyrs. The
Congress gratuitously interpreted the simple, factual statement as an
insult shown to Mahatma Gandhi.
The Congress cannot be blamed for their fallible understanding. For
decades they have been trained to bow before persons who bear any sort of
connection to either of the two names ? Gandhi or Nehru. The narrow
outlook of the Congress cannot afford to accommodate personalities outside
of the Nehru-Gandhi nexus. During the long years when the Congress was in
power, it hijacked the story of India?s freedom struggle, believing and
wanting to make others believe that the fight for freedom was wholly
crafted by two individuals, discrediting the roles played by thousands of
great men and women, who suffered and made sacrifices, in many cases of
their lives, for the nation.
The apathy of the Congress becomes apparent in the disrespect shown by its
UPA government towards great freedom fighters. The UPA text books depict
the great revolutionaries, the famous trio known as Lal, Bal and Pal,
namely, Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal as
terrorists. Moreover, the government failed to organise any programme on
the occasion of 75th anniversary of the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev
and Rajguru on March 23rd. Neither Prime Minister Manmohan Singh nor
Congress President Sonia Gandhi paid any tributes to these great freedom
fighters who laid down their lives for the country at a very young age.
They did not even bother to visit any of their memorials.
When Delhi-based Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, after not seeing even a small
advertisement in the daily newspapers or television or radio on Netaji?s
birthday, sought information under the Right to Information Act on what
role Netaji had played in the freedom movement and the Union Home Ministry
unashamedly replied that it had no information in its records about the
contribution of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose to India?s freedom struggle.
The same government had tried to insult Swatantryaveer Savarkar by
removing his quotation from a plaque installed at Port Blair, where he had
spent eleven valuable years of his life in the most tormenting conditions.
To prove their point, the ministers of the government heaped all sorts of
false allegations on the man whose entire family had suffered for the sake
of India?s freedom. Earlier when in the opposition, the Congress and its
allies had vehemently opposed the installation of a portrait of the great
hero in the Parliament deceitfully leveling dirty charges against him.
When the Member of Parliament from Kutch, Pushpadan Gadhvi, proposed to
rename the Bhuj Airport after the revolutionary leader from Kutch, Shri
Shyamji Krishna Varma, the Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel
turned down the proposal stating that ?existing policy was to generally
retain the names of cities for domestic airports, since passengers,
especially foreign tourists and other visitors who may not be familiar
with local history, find it easier to identify an airport when it is named
after the city?. Lies! Blatant lies! The Leh Airport was renamed after
Kushok Bakula Rimpochee, the Buddhist spiritual leader and the Head Lama
of Ladakh, by the UPA government. There are other domestic airports named
after the heroes of local and national history like Devi Ahilyabai Holkar
Airport (Indore), Raja Bhoj Airport (Bhopal), Birsa Munda Airport (Ranchi),
Vir Savarkar Airport (Port Blair), and Biju Patnaik Airport (Bhubaneshwar).
Moreover, Shri Shyamji Krishna Varma?s contributions were not limited to
local history. He is a known figure in national and international history.
Perturbed by the hurdles created by the UPA government in the construction
of Sardar Sarovar dam, named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and knowing
that UPA?s adoration is restricted to Nehrus and Gandhis only, Gujarat
Chief Minister Narendra Modi had once said that he could consider renaming
the project after Rajeev Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi for its speedy completion
because he strongly felt that the hurdles were being created only because
of Sardar Patel?s name in the project.
Saying, that India had achieved independence without arms or without
bloodshed, is indeed an insult to the country?s martyrs. India did not
achieve freedom by peaceful means alone. The foundation for India?s
freedom was laid by the blood and sufferings of countless noble men and
women. The martyrdom of the revolutionaries, the inhuman sufferings of the
freedom fighters during the Kalapani, the sacrifices of the brave soldiers
of the Indian National Army were all instrumental in India?s liberation.
Freedom did not come cheap; we have paid a heavy price for it.
Independence is an asset collectively obtained and held by the nation and
not the personal property of a dynasty which can tamper history to glorify
itself. It is important that the credit for independence be granted
impartially to all known and unknown patriots who contributed whatever
they could for the benefit of the coming generations and it is equally
important that the coming generations are made to realize the cost at
which freedom from the foreign yoke was obtained so that they remain
vigilant and never repeat the mistakes that their predecessors made. But
for a government that is more than willing to officially hand over the
reins of the country to a foreigner who is already practically running the
country by proxy, this can hardly be a consideration.
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