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India’s Forgotten Tryst With Destiny


Forgotten heroes - inflated cut outs!

Forgotten heroes - inflated cut outs!

Lal, Bal and Pal Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal who hailed from Punjab, Maharashtra and Bengal, respectively, and adopted Swaraj as the destiny of the nation, could form the subject of yet another pavilion. Tilak’s memorable phrase, “Swaraj is my birthright and i shall have it”, his differences with the more moderate Gopal Krishna Gokhale and the split in the Congress into an ‘aggressive nationalist’ wing under him and a moderate wing under the latter may provide some of the themes for this pavilion. The Partition of Bengal and its reversal forced by the swadeshi movement, the visit of King George V and the Delhi-Lahore conspiracy are some additional events the pavilion could exhibit. (via Another Tryst With Destiny – The Times of India).

Victor’s propaganda

Post-colonial Indian history has been completely swamped by Congress propaganda. Leaders in the vanguard, the leading lights, have been have been cursorily dismissed or their names wiped clean. Those who pursued different directions, disagreed with GNP (Gandhi /Nehru /Patel) were villified, ignored or dismissed. Leaders like Lal, Bal and Pal, are completely forgotten. Subhash Chandra Bose is a vague memory today.

Subhash Chandra Bose with Jawaharlal Nehru (Image source and courtesy - im.rediff.com). Click for larger image.

Subhash Chandra Bose with Jawaharlal Nehru (Image source and courtesy - im.rediff.com). Click for larger image.

Contributions of leaders like SC Bose was ignored or the importance of the February 1946 joint action by the Indian Armed Forces against the colonial forces, was minimized to the ‘Naval Ratings Mutiny.’ Leaders like VD Savarkar (the first to write a non-colonial history of the War of 1857), or Madan Mohan Malaviya, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (the founder of the Jana Sangh-BJP) was dismissed as fascism.

A ‘victorious’ Congress, ruling for most of the 60 years of post-colonial India, had three clear propaganda imperatives. One – There is no alternative to the Congress. Two – If you don’t have an enemy create one . Like Pakistan. Three – Gain Western approval.

The threads of Indian independence

The myth of non-violent Indian freedom movement, served both colonial and Congress interests. It showed the British as ‘civilized’ colonialists – and the Congress as ‘enlightened’ leadership. Just like most Western literature caricatures African-American characters as hard-working, humble, docile, placid, obedient, gentle! Fact is, that Britain was bankrupt and could not hold onto India. Congress decided to re-write history and take all credit for the departure of the British colonialists.

Apart from the War of 1857, there were more than 75 battles, skirmishes, revolts, mutinies, involving thousands, up to lakhs of Indians, across India. And more than double that many conspiracies, plots, hold-ups, explosions, bombings, which were not organized. These more than 200 violent actions have been completely glossed over by post-colonial India’s historians. Obviously, more than 200 incidents of violent opposition to British misrule over 150 years (1800-1947) deserves better treatment by official historians. Especially, the people who were ‘behind’ this.

Fact is, that Britain was bankrupt and could not hold onto India.

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  1. Dr. O. P. Sudrania
    April 19, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I feel sad when I read the stories of Platonic love, which has plagued the entire nation since independence, barring the massacre of partition. Because he not only caused the administrative difficulties in his own brand of untenable socialistic model, it has left this country with such diverse groups and ideologies that hardly match and emancipate with the peace loving easy going larger masses,there are sections wholly hostile to any approach of rapprochements. His personal high vagabond life style exposed the other officials to take advantage of the administrative machinery leading to the present day rampant wide spread corruption. If the head is himself unrestrained then the juniors will take undue advantage. This loose mentality will slowly percolate to the grassroot level, what we see today. Now it is difficult because it has assumed gigantic proportions. Whatever else, Nehru can not escape the blame of this gross neglect, if not the impeachment of treachery and treason with the nation. Though, I believe, he deserves that. The people gave him one sided love and faith. But all he did was to exploit that blind faith of the innocent, illiterate, rural folks to enjoy the Anglican life style with these easily available women at that status. I have no doubt that the history will certainly impeach and deride him, if not the courts of law. The masses deserved a bit better treatment. He has put the blood of those martyrs also to shame who sacrificed their lives smilingly for the very cause of these gullible masses. He was a power hungry person with no regard to this nation. Unfortunate. He deserves the strongest condemnation in my opinion.
    Dr. O. P. Sudrania

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