Netaji deserves it… Modi must ensure
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Friends, this week we have focused on legendary patriot Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, whose leadership quality during our struggle for Independence was unparalleled. It is a well-known fact that a conspiracy was hatched against Netaji, when he was elected as a Congress President. Because of the narrow thinking and attitude of Nehru, and non-cooperation from Gandhiji, a powerful leader like Netaji was not given due respect even during the long regime of Congress after Independence. Only the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty was given prominence and all the projects of the centre and states governments were named after the Nehru-Gandhi family, ignoring thousands of freedom fighters, who sacrificed their life for the cause of the country’s freedom. A few so-called academicians and self-proclaimed historians distorted the life and history of Netaji. But now time has changed, pseudo-historians have now been exposed; their narrow mentality is no longer accepted. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi did a yeoman’s job and decided to revive the legacy of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The statue of Netaji at India Gate, New Delhi, is only a small tribute to a great patriot. The PM must go one step forward to rewrite the true history of Netaji by forming a research team of senior academicians, and true facts must be brought to the fore, so that the young generation could read the true history of our freedom moment. Like Netaji, several other freedom fighters have also been neglected in different regions. Their families are unknown to anyone. Just unveiling a statue of freedom fighters and garlanding them on their birth anniversary does not provide them respect. In its long regime, the Congress government never cared to pay true tributes to our freedom fighters, rather, it has only misused their names for petty politics. For example, the Congress party has always misused the name of Mahatma Gandhi and Bhim Rao Ambedkar, but never implemented the true ideals of Ganghiji to promote Swadeshi, self-reliance or swachhta.
Coming to the assembly elections, the most interesting election campaigns are going on in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Divisive forces in UP are trying their best to give a communal colour to BJP, but it is a reality on the ground that Muslim, Dalit and OBC people are satisfied with the good governance of Yogi Adityanath. After all, these people are now convinced that they can be provided with a safe environment, better infrastructure with state-of-the-art technology and employment by the Yogi government. Farmers are also feeling safe under the Yogi government and they can focus on more agricultural production as they are getting uninterrupted power supply and fair MSP. The OBC leaders, who left BJP, have no credentials and they would never again return to assembly. One Muslim woman candidate of UP Congress returned the party ticket and expressed her unhappiness over ill-treatment to her in the party, and she said that Priyanka Gandhi cannot ensure the safety of common woman. The daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav also joined the BJP. These are all indicators that leaders and voters across the party lines in UP are reposing their faith in the leadership of Narendra Modi.
I feel pity to write about the hapless condition of the Punjab Congress. Navjot Singh Sidhu is openly asking for the chair of CM. The family members of the CM Charanjeet Singh Channi are under the scanner for corruption cases. After the departure of Captain Amarinder Singh from the Congress party, it is like a rudderless ship in Punjab. AAP has announced the name of Bhagwant Mann as its CM candidate, but the way the party workers are getting disillusioned, it seems the party would not get the majority. The Akali Dal is already a spent force in Punjab and is only fighting the election on the basis of its core voters. The BJP, which was really in a bad shape on the organisational structure front, is now hopeful after allying with Captain Amarinder Singh. However, it is a fact that the BJP has got a stronghold in urban seats. Ultimately, it appears that Punjab may throw a hung assembly this time.
By Deepak Kumar Rath