AFTER INDEPENDENCE Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi were glorified as the only leaders who helped India win freedom, said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday.
“We were taught this wrong history,” he said, without naming the Congress. Without belittling Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent movement, he said martyrs like Rani Laxmibai, Tatya Tope, Madan Lal Dhingra, Hardayal Ram, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Sukhdev, Ashfaqullah, Rajguru and Tantya Bheel had been forgotten.
“Unki samadhi per ek diya bhi nahi jinhone dilai azadi watan; Aur jagmaga rahe hain unke maqbare jo becha karte the shaheedon ke kafan,” he said, expressing his anguish over neglect of martyrs.
The CM was speaking at a programme organised at Ravindra Bhavan as Azad Sandesh Yatra reached Bhopal from Allahabad. Having slammed distortion of history, the CM targeted one of his predecessors. “There was a chief minister who called meetings of intellectuals to draft policies for farmers. But those who made the policies were ignorant about farming. Some of them even did not know if onion grew underground or above it,” he said satirically.
In contrast, he said, the present BJP Government had started interacting with various sections of people through panchayats to know their problems and formulate policies accordingly.