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Sardar Patel: The man who truly envisaged unity of India


By Surbhi Moudgil

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was a man of humble beginnings but had the vision of a collectively excelling India which takes along each section of the society. There are numerous incidents which justify his dedication towards augmenting the Indian landmass which was initially dispersed among 600 kingdoms and princely states. His dedication towards a unified India is a story unparalleled in world history.

Sardar Patel executed a vision of protecting, uniting and developing the country. One of the major enactments of his vision was the tactical collaboration of India’s surrounding princely states into the Republic of India.

Patel had an eye for recognising the socio-political consequences in the issue of diversity prevailing in the country. He only had one vision, the vision to see a united and developed India and for that, he joined the Congress, the only party prevalent at the time. He did agree with Gandhi, but according to historians, he wasn’t a blind follower of him like Jawaharlal Nehru. His only aim was to work for the country and its betterment.

The Iron Man of India was “steely determined and pragmatic” to take conclusive actions for uniting the Indian republic that we see and live in today. This led him to order undeviating action against the Nizam of Hyderabad compelling him to merge his state into India.

He deserved a better treatment from the successive Congress governments, which didn’t do much to forward the legacy and legend of a man who is responsible for everything that India, as a union, has achieved.

India’s first President Dr Rajendra Prasad had once said: “No attempt has been made in Delhi to erect a memorial (of Patel). Even the portrait in the Parliament House is a gift from the Prince of Gwalior. Let us not, therefore, run away with the thought that his (Patel’s) services are any less valuable because we choose not to recognise them.”

Prime Minister Modi also believed in that and has said, “India will forever be indebted to Sardar Patel for his tireless efforts to unite the nation.”

If it wasn’t for him, the Union of India would still have been entangled in regional, linguistic, religious issues and under gruesome debate just as Kashmir, which is still bearing the brunt of Nehru’s lack of conviction in making it a part of Union of India at the time of independence.

If there is any person in the history of India who can do justice to being the symbol of unity in India, then it has to be Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. On the occasion of his birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined a new scheme ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ (one India, great India), in which two states would form a partnership for a period of one year.

The nation stands indebted to our Iron Man and whatever we do, we can’t do justice to his contribution to our history.

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Indu Sarkar Movie Exposes Unholy Nexus between the Congress Government and Indira Gandhi led National Emergency of 1975

National Emergency of 1975
Madhur Bhandarkar's latest film 'Indu Sarkar' claims to expose the truth about the national emergency of 1975. Wikimedia
  • Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar’s latest masterpiece is titled, ‘Indu Sarkar’
  • The recently released movie has been controversial and criticized
  • The movie intends to inform the general public about the truth behind National Emergency of 1975-1977

New Delhi, July 30, 2017: Madhur Bhandarkar’s latest movie ‘Indu Sarkar’ has re-ignited many debates as it exposes the Unholy Nexus between the Congress Government and Indira Gandhi led National Emergency of 1975.

As the filmmaker claims that the movie reveals the truth behind the imposed national emergency. The movie tells about the accounts of people who were held in Tihar prison under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and the people involved in the mass sterilization project were also interviewed.

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The 1975 emergency was a national emergency, imposed solely by the Prime Minister of the country Indira Gandhi. During the emergency, freedom was curtailed to minimum and mass atrocities were committed by the state. The emergency was implemented for 21 months.

The National Emergency is one of the lowest points of nationhood in independent India’s history. The national emergency is not taught with the effort that it deserves in schools and universities. Many people today are unaware of what it was and how it happened. Civil liberties of the very citizens of the country were quashed and made valueless overnight. The Constitution, all of a sudden, was meaningless. It was horrific.

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Hence, the Congress party requested the makers of the film to show it to the party before the censors take over. Sanjay Nirupam, the Congress leader, had issued a letter to Pahlaj Nihalani, the CBFC chief, in which he expressed his party’s request to watch the film before being censored.

Claiming herself to be Sanjay Gandhi’s biological daughter, Priya Singh Paul had filed a petition to the Bombay High Court and demanded that a stay must be put on the film by the censor board. Another petition was filed by a lawyer in Delhi to put a stay on the film. This petition, by the lawyer, claimed that the movie is a “propaganda film”.

Having struggled through various petitions, controversies, and opposition from the opposition party, ‘Indu Sarkar’ was approved for a Friday release after 12 cuts. As uncomfortable as the truth may be, the movie has taken up the responsibility to let us like it is.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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The curious case of vanishing Hindu population in Bangladesh


By Arka Mondal

“The numbers tell the story – or at least part of it.  After India’s Partition, Hindus were almost a third of the East Pakistan population, according to Pakistan’s 1951 census.  When East Pakistan became Bangladesh in 1971, they were under a fifth; 30 years later less than a tenth; and according to reliable estimates, less than eight percent today. Throughout that time, there was a steady flow of reports on anti-Hindu atrocities there; atrocities that include religious desecration, land grabs, property destruction, beatings, forced conversion to Islam, child abduction, rape, and murder.  Bangladeshi governments not only refused to prosecute the perpetrators, but also maintained openly discriminatory laws.”- Dr Richard L Benkin

The minorities, especially the Hindus, in Bangladesh have been subjected to categorical atrocities since the country achieved Independence in 1971. The paradigm of ethnic cleansing is well portrayed in the havoc discrimination and slaughter against the Hindus. The relentless war crime like activities by a Bangladeshi quarter has led to the exodus of Hindus from the country. Hindu masses in the country are regularly subjected to horrific incidents of violence, hidden discrimination, violation of basic rights and encroachment of property rights.

The Sheikh Hasina led Awami League government that spring-boarded to power with alleged

Hindu family stands over devastation of their home destroyed by Muslims in Satkhira
Hindu family stands over devastation of their home destroyed by Muslims in Satkhira

backing from the then Congress government (UPA) of India does nothing to protect the Hindu masses that are gradually vanishing. The Hindu population which contributed 31 per cent of the total population in 1971 now stands at a meager 8 per cent. A biased Constitution with minimal provisions for the minorities along with the government’s fathomless reluctance to address the issue have resulted in a dramatic decline in the Hindu population. Alike Pakistan, barbaric chapter of violence against Hindus was evident in Bangladesh following the infamous Babri Mosque incident. Bangladesh claims to be a secular country, but in reality it is a moderate Muslim country. However, this in no way ensures equal existence for all or eclipses the society’s hostile attitude towards Hindus.

Frequent vandalizing of Hindu shrines and temples (reportedly by Jamaat-e-Islami cadres), rampant land grabbing (by Awami League backed mafias) and harassment of Hindu women folk point to the fact that Bangladesh has failed miserably to recover from the hangover of the Pakistani influence. The country seems to overlook the fact that a Hindu-major neighbor literally single-handedly liberated it from the clutches of a tyrannical regime. These facets have largely contributed to the waning Hindu population in Bangladesh.