POLITICAL CONTEST OVER HISTORICAL FIGURES
The 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru is very near and there is a tug of war between political parties regarding the organisation of the event. According to the Congress, Nehru is an integral part of the family values and cannot be compromised. Jawaharlal Nehru neglected Sardar Patel and Mahatma Gandhiji and went ahead to lead the party on his own. Indira Gandhi played a vital role in personalising the Indian nationalism in a systamatic and satisfactory manner.
According to the BJP, Chattrapathi Shivaji and Swami Vivekananda are the true symbol of Indian nationalism. Unfortunately the problem with India is there is no modern day heroes to protect the interest of the people and promote the welfare. We are still relying on the past era freedom fighters who fought against the British to give us the freedom. Due to the frequent conflict between the leaders of political parties, are we destroying the values the freedom fighters used to stand for?
Congress has used their pre independence leaders and the post independnce leaders to the maximum to come to power in the country. This party believes that the dynasty politics is the need of the hour and monopoly over the people will play a vital role in making a political statement in the nation.
BJP and the Sangh Parivar had no visionaries and hence they used to take the examples of leaders and visionaries of religion and mythology. A change in the political ideology has lead to the process of obtaining more political heritage and power immediate than the Ramayana and Mahabharatha. RSS Sanchalaks and leaders like Gowalkar, Hegdewar have played a vital role in their national movement.
In the state of Uttar Pradesh, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has got the monopoly which is similar to Ambedkar. Ambedkar is one of the highly modern visionary who is entirely buried by the entire process of usurping power by the BSP. BSP has made Ambedkar a demigod and erected status of the leader in various parts of the state. He is termed as a Dalit Icon and played a vital role in getting India rid of negative thoughts like the Caste and Social Orthodoxy.
The Mod government wanted to have a strong India and give respect to the leader who played a vital role in the unification of the princely states. Sardar Vallabhhai Patel was the key figure and the status of Sardar Patel of approx 300 feet is comming up near Narmade river in Gujarat. I personally feel that instead of constructing statues all over the nation, welfare and rehabilitation schemes to protect the interest of the people and promote their welfare could have been introduced.
The congress is also not lacking behind, it has introduced thousands of schemes in the name of Gandhi family legacy like the Rajiv Awas Yogna, Indira Vikas Patrika and so on. The Congress must come up with illustrious schemes and encourage local scholarships in the name of leaders who are outside the Gandhi clan.
There is no genuine books available in history to show the youth, the power of our civilizations. Most of the historical books are under scanner for various reasons. A K Ramanujams book on history came under severe criticisms due to ABVP concept of Ramayana. Romila Thapar book has not been accepted because she is against the concept of Hindu rashtra. Hence as a result most of the students are not allowed to access the history books of the past and present, because the history class is turning into a political workshop.
The conflict of idealogy of Sardar Patel and Nehru is not more than electoral contest, armed with agressive advertisements and sloganeering. Modi wants to project himself as a strong and powerful leader, so he thought of briging Sardar Patel in the process. Modi is a he man who talks of tough and confident India. For congress, Nehru will be a shield to showcase, while hiding their fallacies. The run for unity on the birth day of Sardar Patel was not a mass event, but a move to showcase the political power of the BJP. It was done to boost Modi chances of power in Delhi and make him a powerful political leader like Patel.
The time has come to save history from the clutches of politicians and make it bipartisan. There is a lot of politics on each and every political personality and growth of thoughts is not taking place. Political parties are using politics on every statues of visionaries and political leaders without logic. Furthermore, some of the political parties go ahead and make their own statues. For eg: Mayawati constructed 200 status of her in Uttar Pradesh when she was the Chief Minister.
Political contest over the historical icons has lead to agitation in the minds of the people and destroyed their legacy. This dirty practice of handling the political leaders in a bizzare fashion must be stopped to make India a superpower in the world.
I agree Congress has mis-used the NAMES of national leaders. But, even people should also be blamed, you go to rural areas they are not aware even now, many people in India still think that its the same Congress which got us independence and Indira Gandhi is still alive.
I feel congress has lost its shine in the Indian politics and it is time for the new parties to take over the reigns of the nation.
History is the story of the winner!!. Historical facts are not!. Jawaharlal Nehru was hell bent on partition as otherwise his chance of becoming PM was second to Jinnah's If Jinnah were to continue in Congress he would definitely be senior to Nehru. Following the advise of his close friends the Mountbattens, Nehru made Gandhiji agree to a partition broking that solution as the only one to have everlasting peace in the sub continent. As Historical facts would have it, that one action has cost the most number of lives, property and money for our country in the last 7 decades. Yet no one in the congress party today is ready to acknowledge the mistake. His daughter Indira gandhi who as Binesh has rightly remarked as the person who personalised nationalism - "India means Indira, Indira Means India" - was a popular slogan of the congressmen of the seventies - committed mistake number 2 - creation of Bangladesh. While it was a victory for our country against Pakistan in the 1971 war, in posterity, Pakistan would have been considerably weaker if they were to run their country in two parts. This is also not acknowledged by anyone today.
A strong super power India will be one where each citizen especially the educated ones behaves as when he is abroad. Will one dare offer a bribe to an official in Japan?? or litter on the road in Singapore, or violate lane traffic in the US, and so on. We Indians who have had the good fortune of a formal education owe that much to this country. We must lead by example and give an arms up to our less fortunate brethren who missed the education. This will require a lot of sacrifices by all of us. In fact an interesting concept which came to my mind when I realised that the proportion of youth population of the country is among the highest in the world is that educated professionals must take earlier breaks from their regular professions and jobs and engage themselves in nation building. That way the youth will get an oppurtunity to employ themselves in our country and at the same time the experienced hands will be engaged in a much bigger task of nation building. I Invite comments from myfriends on this idea and how we could possibly create a national movement on this.