Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Sunday that the exclusion of the photo of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru from a poster released by an agency of the Union Ministry of Education to mark the 75th year of India’s independence is the “limited mentality” of the Centre, and asked the Union government why it “hats” Nehru so much.
Mr Raut, in his weekly column ‘Rokhthok’ in the Sena mouthpiece saamana, said the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Education, has excluded the photos of Nehru and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad from its poster, claiming it was an act of “political vindictiveness”.
“Those who did not participate in the freedom struggle and the creation of history keep out one of the heroes of the independence struggle. This act, done out of political revenge, is not good and shows their narrow-mindedness. It is an insult to any and every freedom fighter” Raut claimed.
One may disagree about Nehru’s post-independence policies, but no one can deny his contribution to the freedom struggle, said the Rajya Sabha member, the executive editor of saamana.
“What has Nehru done to hate him so much? In fact, the institutions he built are now being sold to keep the Indian economy moving,” said Mr Raut, referring to the National Monetization Pipeline (recently announced by the Center) , claiming it was due to Nehru’s “long-term vision” that the country was saved from economic devastation.
Raut, whose party shares power with the NCP and Congress in Maharashtra, said Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin recently made the decision not to remove photos of former state CMs Jayalalitha and EK Palaniswami from school bags sold for free. were distributed to children in the south state.
“If he (Mr. Stalin) can show political maturity, then why do you hate Nehru so much? You owe a response to the nation,” Shiv Sena’s chief spokesman said, without mentioning the BJP.
The Modi government’s criticism of Congress chair Sonia Gandhi and party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was understandable, he said, claiming that the Center made its hatred public by changing the name of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
“You cannot destroy the immortal contribution of Nehru and (former Prime Minister) Indira Gandhi in nation building. Those who deny Nehru’s contributions will be called rogues of history,” Mr Raut further claimed.
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