Today there is an argument by Congressmen on the legacy of Sardar Patel. Congress claims Narendra Modi and BJP has no right to claim Sardar Patel legacy? Why? Because, Sardar Patel was a Congressman and he lived by Congress ideology and united this country. No question about it. No soul denies Sardar Patel`s mega role in post independent India.
The bigger question today is… can today’s Congress claim the legacy of the “Old” congress ? Forget even the legacy of Sardar Patel.
We all know that history and we also know what Sardar Patel ‘s role was in pre independence and post independence in uniting India. Nobody needs to give us history lessons and surely not this Congress. When Congress became Congress “I” (Indira) it cut off its umbilical cord from the mother Congress that was Old Congress. When Mrs Indira Gandhi entered Congress, old congress became Congress “I” which stood for ” Indira ” person centric, family centric Congress. And soon. Congressmen started equating Congress and India with Indira, by calling “India is Indira and Indira is India”. Country like India with all its past glory and legacies, India was reduced to a personality cult
Can a country like India with a legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, Sardar Valabhbhai Patel, Dr. Rajendra Prasad (the nation’s first President), Chakravarti Rajgopalachari, Dr. Anugraha Narayan Sinha, Jayaprakash Narayan, Jivatram Kripalani be reduced to an individual person ? What right the present Congress has to claim the legacy of Sardar Patel? When they lost the right to claim even Old Congress legacy? This is no politics really which this Congress wants to reduce it to for political gains during election times. It is the history of India and today an academic question.
If Narendra Modi takes pride in thinking high about Sardar Patel, why should Congress think, it is only Congress right ? Can these great freedom fighters of India not be part of every proud Indian? Don’t forget, Narendra Modi is Indian first and politician later.
Are all our freedom fighters Copyrighted Brands of the Congress?
If Narendra Modi thinks in his perception, If Sardar Patel had become the Prime Minister of India after independence, face of India would have seen different, socially and politically. Well, it is his perception. He is entitled for it. he can hold his own views in this democracy. Why should Congress feel insulted? we always air our views on the past events and history.
Today, these are all academic questions and why should anyone shy away from them? If not today, future generations will ask tomorrow. then what will you say? Let us have the courage to listen to different perspectives. Sometimes the truth may be hard to swallow but one needs to be open to give it a chance to surface it.
Why is New Congress”I” staking its fake claim on legacy of Sardar Patel or even Mahatma Gandhi? Is anyone of them even .0001% close to their character ? In political honesty, sincerity, sacrifice, selflessness or about speaking the truth?
Was it only Congress “Indira” fighting British Raaj? As the Congress is trying to propagate?How can Digvijay Singh, Salman Khurshid, Manish Tiwari, and other New Congress members claim, they sacrificed for the independence of India? And they question the BJP and RSS, role in independence struggle? Can we question the sacrifice of New Congress “Indira” in independence struggle if they are questioning where was RSS in freedom struggle?
Can the New Congress claim even the legacy of Old Congress? the Congress of Mahatma Gandhi? If it needs to be put in proper perspective let us see what really happened.
After Nehru’s death in 1964, the party’s future first came into question. No other leader had Nehru’s popular appeal, so the second-stage leadership mustered around the compromise candidate, the gentle, soft-spoken and Nehruvian Lal Bahadur Shastri. Shastri remained Prime Minister till his own death in 1966. Congress party election opted for Indira Gandhi, Nehru’s daughter, over the right-wing, conservative Morarji Desai. Indira Gandhi. the daughter of Nehru, and Congress president, was then challenged by the majority of the party leadership. The conflict led to a split, and Indira launched a separate INC. And Congress soon came to be generally known as the “New Congress”. The official party became the Indian National Congress (Organization) led by Kamaraj.
So the New Congress that split from the Old congress should not stake its claim even on the legacy of Old Congress simply because the character, thinking and ideology of the New congress is entirely opposite of the old Congress. Why should today they claim to be a part of old Congress legacy, leave legacy of Sardar patel and Mahatma Gandhi who were of very high stature in their political ideology and political thinking. For them, in social politics no one was untouchable and cast, creed, communal politics were all evils of the society. India, the nation came first above all. The New Congress is adopting communal politics as their political agenda to create vote banks and come to power.
So Congress today is in its New Avatar and has no moral right to claim any legacy from Old Congress cadre. What congress is doing is using and misusing names of Congress tall leaders such as Sardar Patel and Mahatma Gandhi for pure political and electoral gains.
It is simple plagiarism.
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