HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday went on social networking site Twitter in an attempt to clarify his statement about freedom fighters.
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday went on social networking site Twitter in an attempt to clarify his statement about freedom fighters. Javadekar, in a series of tweets, explained how he was misinterpreted. He said that he had paid respect to all the freedom fighters since 1857. Javadekar said that there was no confusion in the minds of those who had paid attention and listened to his speech. He informed that first, he had mentioned the names of all the freedom fighters and then stopped before talking about those who were hanged, jailed and tortured by the British.
Earlier this week, while paying his respects to the freedom fighters at a public meeting in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara, Javadekar had said,”We salute our freedom fighters. So many bravehearts – Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel, Pandit Nehru, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru all were hanged, revolutionary Savarkarji and all other great fighters.” The fact that he mentioned Bose and Nehru among those who were hanged, created a controversy, dividing the social media.
While some were of the opinion that Javadekar was messing up Indian history by mixing up the names, some treated his speech very casually, calling it the case of a missing comma. Javadekar has been severely criticised for his wrong sense of history as Sardar Ballavbhai Patel died in 1950, whereas Former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru died in 1964. Though Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s death had remained a mystery for the better part of Indian history, A Union Cabinet note had suggested that he died in an air crash in Taipei in 1964.