Of late there is a tendency among the so called educated class, right leaning groups to systematically belittle the great leaders of this nation thanklessly. Without knowing history properly, without understanding the immense sacrifices and contributions of these leaders, there is a move to slander the images of these leaders. Someone circulates unverified statement made by a british that India got independence significantly because of Netaji’s valiant efforts and Gandiji’s ‘sathyagraha’ or ‘non co operation’ movement had the least impact towards this! Another person circulates an unsigned letter which is supposedly written by Nehru to Atlee saying Netaji is a war criminal and requesting for action that deemed fit! These are only few examples, but there are many.
The voice of these so called educated right leaning people is louder only recently, but they should understand that they can promote more vociferously Netaji or Patel or anybody else who deserve it truly. People would love it. But it need not be by slandering the images of the mighty leaders of the nation.
In fact, Vallabhai Patel had tremendous respect for Nehru’s patriotism and offered his fullest cooperation to Nehru, till his demise and Gandhiji always appreciated Netaji despite having differences of opinion in the approach. Let us not misuse the social media and contaminate the younger minds!
By Sivaprakash Sankaran
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