In response to Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh’s recent statement that the ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ slogan, which the Aam Aadmi Party has reinvented lately, was no more relevant and was “anti-national” in today’s context, the AAP’s Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann has launched a scathing attack on the former through a video posted on his Facebook page.
In the video, comedian-turned-politician Mann says Amarinder was finding the slogan anti-national “because his ancestors too had felt the heat when they were with the British and not with those fighting for the Independence of India”.
“Captain sahab mein tuhade dil di bhawna no bilkul changi tarah samajhda haan… Tuhanu ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ da naara hazm nahin ho sakda… ohde ek-do karan das lena tuhanu… Jis wele Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismal varge hazaaran jodhe desh de wich inquilab zindabad de naare la rahe si, uss wele tuhade peo-daade, Captain sahab, angrezaan da saath de rahe si… uss kranti nu kuchlan vaaste (Captain sahab, I can understand your feelings... You won’t be able to digest this slogan... Let me tell you why — when thousands of revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismal were chanting the slogan, your ancestors were supporting the British to crush the revolution),” says the AAP MP in the video in chaste Punjabi.
He further says that British may have gone, but the “kaale angrej” (‘Black Whites’) were still around, and issues such as corruption, poverty and unemployment were deep-rooted.
Mann advises Amarinder against going to the birthplaces of martyrs to pay respects to them on their birth and death anniversaries, and instead put garlands around the busts of British rulers which were still intact there at his palace.
“Tuhade varge, angrejaan da saath den wale, hale haige ne, iss karke Inquilab Zindabad da naara lagda rahuga (There still are people like you who support foreign rulers, so this slogan of Inquilab Zindabad will keep being raised),” says Mann.
Amarinder had dubbed the AAP’s call for “revolution” as “anti-national” at an event on Tuesday where Punjabi singer-actor Balkar Sidhu, who happened to be Bhagwant’s friend at a time, joined the Congress. “Inquilab (revolution) itself is a term against the country’s Establishment... AAP keeps talking about Bhagat Singh’s revolution, which was actually against the prevailing regime of the country then, which was the British Raj. That type of ‘inquilab’ against the Establishment now can lead to disintegration of the country,” Amarinder had said.