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Yechury rues historians' exclusion from Central panel

The CPM politburo member said that official celebrations should not be restricted to 'squandering' money on ads.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2007 21:31 IST

CPM politburo member Sita Ram Yechury has rued that no historian has been included in the committee set up by the Centre to celebrate 150 years of the country’s first freedom struggle.

Launching a special issue of the party’s mouth-piece 'People’s Democracy', highlighting the event of 1857, in the Capital on Sunday, Yechury also suggested that the official celebrations should not be restricted to 'squandering' money on advertisements.

Given the significance of the events, the year-long programmes should be focused on involving people and designed to create awareness.

Highlighting the relevance of the 1857 events to the present day, Yechury said it had become the greatest movement of the times in which people cutting across religions and caste lines had joined hands. This spirit should be invoked during the celebrations to keep communal forces at bay, he said.

Yechury said on its part the CPM will conduct various programmes in this connection. The issues of the Peoples Democracy during the next eight months will highlight events related to India’s freedom struggle which took place during 1857-1947 period.

Replying to a question on the fixing the EPF interest rate, Yechury side-stepped the issue by stating: "Our party stand is that the government and the EPF Board should convince each other on the subject."