Congress party spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Sardar Patel were completely against the philosophy of RSS and questioned PM Modi’s attempt to appropriate the legacy of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
Singhvi said that BJP and RSS don’t have their own idol and have no contribution in national freedom movement. He said, “Those who do not have their own ideas and idol, and have zero contribution in the national movement of freedom struggle, try to attribute and appropriate the legacy of our freedom fighters, in an attempt to be perceived ‘nationalist’”.
He said, “Today Prime Minister Narendra Modi desperately tried to do the same… Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Sardar Patel were completely against the philosophy of sectarianism and bigotry that is espoused by PM Modi’s ideological patriarch – the RSS & Hindu Mahasabha”.
On Sunday, at the 75th anniversary of the Azad Hind Government at the red Fort in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that to highlight the presence of one family contributions of leaders such as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, BR Ambedkar and Sardar Patel have been blocked out.
He said, “It is sad that just to magnify the presence of one family, sons of India — Patel, Ambedkar and Bose — have been obliterated from our national discourse. Efforts were made to deliberately ignore and forget contributions made by others in the independence struggle, and later in creating a new India”.
In his speech PM Modi said that it has been our misfortune that even after independence, those who laid the foundation of India and our system, looked at India through British spectacles. Our heritage, culture, education system, our curriculum had to suffer because of this.
He said, “Today I can say this with certainty that if our nation was guided by the likes of Subhash Bose and Sardar Patel, if it was not looked at from a foreign perspective, then the situation of the country would be much different”.